Health and Social Care Northern Ireland Data now accessible from the Library SafePod

An image of the Library SafePod, located on A floor of the Library.
The Lancaster University Library SafePod, located on the Library A Floor.

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) has joined the SafePod Network to provide access to their data from SafePods.

Through their Honest Broker Service, HSCNI provide researchers with a range of linked and de-identified health and social care data for research purposes. You can view their data catalogue here or contact the Honest Broker Service by e-mail at

What is a SafePod?

A SafePod is a standardised safe setting that provides the necessary security for a researcher to access sensitive datasets from participating Data Centres across the UK.

The SafePod at Lancaster University Library is part of the SafePod Network (SPN). A total of 25 SafePods will make up the SafePod Network, spread geographically across the UK. This network will remove the need for long distance travel to a dedicated safe setting provided by a data centre.

All SafePods operate under standardised policies and procedures and provide approved researchers with access to their project datasets from Data Centres participating in the SafePod Network. So far, this includes:

  • UK Data Service
  • SAIL Databank
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Scottish Government
  • Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI)

Visit our Library SafePod webpage to find out more about the SafePod.

The SPN is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and run by the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research. Both are part of the ADR UK programme. SafePod is a registered trademark of the University of St Andrews.’

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