Trusted Research Environment Strategy

Get involved – help develop the region’s Trusted Research Environment Strategy

Across the North East and Cumbria, the ‘Health Information Exchange’ is being rolled out. This allows authorised health and care staff to view patient information held in different clinical systems across the region, at the click of a button. This helps GPs, consultants and other healthcare professionals see all of a patient’s health information in a joined up manner, to help them make decisions about your care.


What is the Trusted Research Environment Strategy?

This is about allowing other key people outside of those providing health and social care, for example, universities, to view this data for research purposes. Such research would help better understand the healthcare needs of local people, leading to better treatments, care services and planning for our region. The data will only be available for the length of the project and will be anonymised so that no individuals can be identified.


How you can get involved

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria which is developing this strategy, would like to know what you think the benefits are of using information in this way, what the challenges might be, and what concerns you may have about health data being used for research in this way. If you’d like to take part or know someone who would, please contact


Read more about the development of this strategy

More information on the Health Information Exchange