Information for participants
The Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) is a long-standing and internationally-recognised centre of excellence assessing the risk of exposure to environmental agents to the health of the population. SAHSU was established in 1987 as a recommendation of the Black enquiry into the incidence of leukaemia and lymphoma in children and young adults near the Windscale/Sellafield nuclear power plant. SAHSU has a particular role nationally in carrying out environmental health surveillance of the population in relation to environmental agents and sources of industrial pollution, based on routinely collected health data. This is a highly specialised area of work requiring excellence in computing, database management, geographical information systems (GIS), statistics, environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology. The set of skills and expertise that has been established and built up in SAHSU is a unique resource both nationally and worldwide.
The primary outputs from our work are publications in peer-reviewed journals. We maintain a regularly updated list of these on our publications page. We have also provided an atlas of interactive maps for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a neighbourhood scale in England and Wales
What happens with my data? How is information about me collected for the SAHSU studies?
SAHSU studies access and use health data from a number of valuable sources which include the Office of National Statistics, Health & Social Care Information Centre, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, National Congenital Anomaly Register, Local Congenital Anomaly Registries affiliated with BINOCAR, National Numbers for Babies and National Community Child Health Database. Data are only obtained, held and used with strict information governance and ethical permissions with over-arching permiss