How does it work?

Joining the Discover register is easy - all you need to provide is your name, postcode, sex and date of birth. This is the only information we need to add your consent to your NHS records. Your details will be held securely on NHS servers.

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You complete the Discover registration form. Your details will be held securely on NHS servers.

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You will be sent a verification email to confirm your identity and validate your registration. 

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NHS and academic researchers will search de-personalised health information to find people who may be suitable for health research opportunities.

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If you have joined the Discover register and match the search criteria, the researcher can ask the Discover team to re-identify you - the researcher will not be able to do this.

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Only the Discover team will be able to see your name and contact details. Once you are re-identified, the team, will contact you about the research opportunity. 

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If you are interested in finding out more, the Discover team will then pass your contact details on to the researcher who will get in touch with you to discuss it further.

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You decide if you want to take part. It is your choice and you can say no. Financial incentives may be available for some studies and others will cover expenses.