PHE Office for Data Release (ODR)

Office for Data Release

Public Health England collects, collates and uses data on individuals, their health and wellbeing, and their interactions with the NHS, as well as data on the wider social, economic and environmental determinants that affect health outcomes. These data are used to enhance health care experiences for individuals, expand knowledge about disease and appropriate treatments, strengthen understanding about the effectiveness and efficiency of our health care system and support improving public health outcomes.

It is however equally critical to ensure there are adequate safeguards to maintain the balance between the benefit of disclosing data and an individual’s right to confidentiality.

To address the challenges of providing access to data, Public Health England established the Office for Data Release to provide a systematic approach to reviewing requests to release personal confidential data.

The Office for Data Release operates within the legal frameworks of the Common Law duty of Confidentiality, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Caldicott Principles.

All applicants to the Office for Data Release must demonstrate why they need access to data held by PHE, how they will use it and how they will protect it from unauthorised use, disclosure or loss.

Data Release Register

Public Health England is committed to informing the public about how we process applications for personal confidential data. The publication of a timely Data Release Register demonstrates our commitment to openness, transparency, and accountability about who we are disclosing personal confidential data to and for what reason.

We will publish quarterly updates to the register detailing each organisation we have released data to, alongside the type of data released, the legal basis for release and the purpose for which the data was provided.

The first publication of the Data Release Register is available for download now. It covers the period April 2014 to October 2015. Subsequent updates to the register will be released on a quarterly financial year basis.

The Data Release Register and Guidance notes can be accessed here.

Contact the Office for Data Release

If you wish to provide feedback to the Office for Data Release regarding the contents or format of the register, please contact the Office for Data Release.

Find out more about how to access PHE data through the Office for Data Release here.