Part of the AIRWAYS-2 study is looking to link data collected during the study (study data) to routinely collected NHS data (routine data). This will provide the AIRWAYS-2 study with more information on patients care and survival following their cardiac arrest. This process is managed by a Data Controller, who in this instance is the study Sponsor (South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust).

Study data has been collected from hospital records and will be sent from the AIRWAYS-2 team at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust to NHS Digital, who are the holders of the routine data. In order to link the study data to the routine data, some identifying patient data will be sent to NHS Digital (date of birth, full name, NHS number, gender and postcode). The transfer of identifiable data will be secure and only necessary data will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will link the relevant routine data to the study data and return it to the AIRWAYS-2 study team at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. This linked data will include identifying patient data (date of birth, full name, NHS number, gender and postcode). AIRWAYS-2 study team in Bristol will undertake some data cleaning and then pseudonymise the data (all identifying patient data will be removed but the unique study ID will be included). This pseudonymised data will be sent to the University of Oxford where the AIRWAYS-2 health economists will analyse the data. This team will look at the value for money of the two treatments being compared.

If you wish to opt-out of this data sharing, you can do so at any time, without giving a reason, by contacting the Project Manager via email at airways-2@bristol.ac.uk or via telephone 0117 342 2526.