How we will use and protect your information

Your information

How we will use your information

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom; they have delegated the day-to-day running of the study to the Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre, which is part of the University of Liverpool.

As an NHS organisation, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust uses personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

NHS Digital

With your permission, data held by NHS Digital will be accessed using direct identifiers, including your NHS number and date of birth, as part of future research to follow-up your progress after you have finished this study. This future research will be conducted by the same research team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust as for the current study.

Future Research

When you agree to take part in a research study, the information about your health and care may be beneficial to researchers running other research studies in this organisation and in other organisations. These organisations may be universities, NHS organisations or companies involved in health and care research in this country or abroad. Your information will only be used by organisations and researchers to conduct research in accordance with the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research, or equivalent standards.

If you agree to take part in this study, you will have the option to take part in future research using your data saved from this study.


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Manchester University Hospital
Liverpool Hearth and Chest Hospital
Oxford University Hospital
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust
University of Liverpool
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University of Manchester

This project (project reference NIHR127575) is funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme, an MRC and NIHR partnership. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the MRC, NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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