Honest Broker Service

The Business Services Organisation has established an Honest Broker Service (HBS) for Health and Social Care (HSC). The aim is to enable non-identifiable data to be safely shared to maximise the uses and health service benefits which can be gained from it, including planning, commissioning of services and public health monitoring. The HBS enables access to anonymised, aggregated and in some cases pseudonymised health and social care data to the DoH, HSC organisations and for anonymised data for ethically approved health and social care related research.


An Honest Broker Governance Board has been established to ensure good Information Governance and that data will be provided in line with Data Protection legislation, Confidentiality Requirements and the Information Commissioner's Office Codes of Practice.

During the development of the Honest Broker Service the then Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety consulted with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).The ICO provided input to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and this input shaped the design and content of the final document. The MOU was subsequently signed by every Health and Social Care Organisation in Northern Ireland. The Service was established in line with the ICO’s Anonymisation Code of Practice and the ICO continues to engage with the Honest Broker Governance Board to ensure the Board are aware of the relevant requirements of data protection and confidentiality law.

WHO CAN APPLY TO USE THE SERVICE

  • DoH
  • HSC Organisations which have signed up to the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Researchers with ethical approval (For information on the cost recovery model click here )

HOW TO APPLY TO USE THE SERVICE

Download the relevant application form and guidance documents here:
- DoH & HSC applicants
- Research applicants 

Complete the application form

Return the application form to:         Honest Broker Service,
                                                         Room 602,
                                                         Centre House,                        
                                                         79 Chichester Street,
                                                         Belfast, BT1 4JR

Or Email the completed form to: hbs@hscni.net

WHAT DATA IS AVAILABLE

For a high-level overview of the datasets contained in the Regional Data Warehouse, click here.

For further detail on each dataset, please contact the Honest Broker Service using the email below.

For a list of the Metadata available in each dataset click here. (You will be redirected to another page where you can then download the metadata for the appropriate dataset)

HOW DOES THE SERVICE COMPARE WITH ADRC, OPEN DATA AND NILS

The similarities and differences between the Honest Broker Service, the Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC), Open Data, and the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) are summarised here.

CONTACT US

Email: hbs@hscni.net

Telephone: 028 9536 3137