Welsh Government

Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Databank


Professor David Ford, Swansea University
01792 513404


Professor Ronan Lyons, Swansea University
01792 513484


Led from Swansea University, the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) databank is an internationally-recognised research group that works to anonymise and link routinely collected data from the NHS and other sources in a safe and secure way, for the purposes of supporting health and social care research. 

The Infrastructure Support Group will:

  • increase and improve the flows of routine data into the SAIL databank, in consultation with NHS organisations and other public sector bodies;
  • enhance the development of new methods and techniques to link and manage large-scale datasets for research in order for Wales to remain at the forefront of health informatics research;
  • provide robust, assured processes for the safeguarding of individual, linked data for research; and
  • provide an effective model of collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders for safe and secure access to SAIL databank to support health and social care research.


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