Can I Withdraw from the Study?

Answer: 

Participants can withdraw at any time without providing a reason.  Withdrawal will not affect your healthcare or legal rights.

Please note that it is NOT necessary to withdraw from the Study just because you have retired from the Police Service or have moved to a job where you don't use the Airwave system.  Your continued membership of the cohort is valuable to the ongoing research and we hope you will stay with us.

The law affecting the use of your data has changed since the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were introduced on 26th May 2018.  You can find out more about the use of participant data in research at https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/.  Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the research team at [email protected] if you have any queries about the way we use your data or samples in the Study.

There are two options for withdrawing your data from the cohort, and we would ask that you make clear which you have selected when you contact us:

  1. No Further Contact: We will not contact you again.  We may continue to use samples and information provided previously, and to obtain and use further information from your health records.
  2. No Further Access: We will not contact you again or obtain further information about you.  We will anonymise your data by erasing all personally identifying information linked to your data.  Personal identifiers stored in secure archives may remain for the lifetime of the archive, but will not be used again.

You can also instruct us to destroy or retain any biological samples you donated to us.

You can inform the Study team of your withdrawal by downloading the withdrawal form here, then print and return it to the address shown on the form.