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Protecting your information

Please be assured that the information about you and your treatment is kept very securely.

Data protection

Everybody associated with the study completes training around data and information protection before working with study data.

All members of the team have completed Good clinical practice training developed by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). These training courses are repeated every 2-3 years to maintain high standards in data protection and handling.

All staff also sign forms annually to say that they agree to treat study data confidentially.


Digital information

Information is sent to the studies via a secure web-based system. Our data and information security is reviewed for use by NHS Digital (formerly Health and Social Care Information Centre; HSCIC) who make sure that our security standards are acceptable for handling digital information.

The University of Manchester has its own policies which can be found here.

Paper-based information

Any information that we hold on paper is kept locked and safe at the study offices. The offices have a 24-hour security service and are protected by an alarm system.

There is no public access to these offices and no identifiable information is ever left on desks or on a computer screen unattended.


The study can be examined at any time by organisations including NHS Digital, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and The University of Manchester, to make sure that it is being run safely and correctly.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

You may be aware that new data protection laws have been recently introduced in the UK, known as the GDPR.

It is important that you know how we use your personal data and what your rights are under the law; a new ‘transparency sheet’ has been developed to explain this further.

Download BSRBR-RA transparency information sheet

Find out more about how we use your information in the University of Manchester Privacy Notice

Read more about how long we will keep this information in the University of Manchester retention schedule

Download BSRBR-RA patient information sheet for additional details regarding data handling and usage