Why do researchers collect information?

They collect information to help provide patients with the best possible care. The information they collect could include a patient’s name, date of birth, NHS number, contact details and notes and correspondence about their health and care.

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How is research information kept secure?

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a legal duty to keep patient information secure. Their staff undertake annual training about information security and have regular audits and independent reviews to make sure that they do keep information safe. If researchers use other organisations to help process information. They make sure these organisations also comply with the trusts legal obligations to keep patient information secure, including when they are based outside of the UK.

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What is REDCap?

REDCap is a browser-based Electronic Case Report Form (eCRF) system, designed to capture research data from both research staff in medical settings and directly from patients via online tools. The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NuTH) REDCap is hosted on secure cloud servers held by AIMES, an NHS certified cloud systems provider based in Liverpool, UK. The system is managed by the NJRO Research Informatics Team, who ensure that patient data is only accessible by authorised individuals and is appropriately anonymised for analysis.

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Is REDCap suitable for my project?

NJRO REDCap is often the simplest and most practical way to securely collect and store research data for your project, from single and multi-site research studies through to pre-screening, electronic consent and online registries.

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Do I have to use REDCap for Newcastle projects?

Use of NJRO REDCap is not mandatory, however we offer a practical, cost-effective and compliant way to store research data. If you decide not to use our REDCap but are wanting to store patient data, please ensure you are complying with the relevant local and NHS governance policies to do so.

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