Data Safe Haven (DaSH) logoThe Grampian Data Safe Haven (DaSH) was opened in May 2012 by NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen’s School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. The joint facility is our response to National guidance to improve the safe handling of linked data sets for research.

In 2015, Grampian DaSH signed up to delivering best practice in Information Security and Governance based on the Charter for Safe Havens in Scotland.  Two years later DaSH became a Scottish Government Accredited Safe Haven and is part of the Scottish Federated Safe Haven Network.

Using NHS electronic patient records for research is an important means of understanding the factors that influence health and disease over the course of life.  Safe Havens enable the secure processing and linking of health data for the Scottish population when it is not practicable to obtain consent from individual patients.

DaSH builds on the long established excellence in data management for data linkage research at the University of Aberdeen offered by the Digital Research Team led by Katie Wilde.

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Grampian DaSH

DaSH facilitates safe access to population health data for research while ensuring adherence to the highest standards of data security, governance, and patient confidentiality