Researchers wishing to conduct research in the NHS in Scotland or Wales (or Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland) need to obtain NHS or HSC management permission for each NHS/HSC research site. Researchers wishing to conduct research in the NHS in England will need to seek permission through HRA Approval [internal link].
If your research involves undertaking the research on the premises of a NHS organisation, with NHS patients or with NHS staff, then you should contact the local NHS R&D office.
Coordinated systems for NHS R&D review are in place across the UK. The system available to you will depend on where the lead NHS R&D office is based. The NHS organisations are responsible for granting NHS research permission, which is coordinated through each country’s coordinating unit. The systems are compatible, with exchange of information across countries where sites are in different parts of the UK. Project level applications (NHS R&D Form and accompanying documents) need only be submitted to the lead country.
HRA Approval is the process for the NHS in England that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK Health Departments’ research ethics service. It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation in England. This allows participating organisations to focus their resources on assessing, arranging and confirming their capacity.
Applications where the lead NHS R&D office is based in England should be electronically submitted from IRAS to the HRA.
Details of the information to provide to NHS sites and the arrangements for site set-up in England, regardless of which nation is the lead nation, are provided on our website here [internal link].
- To contact the HRA Approval Team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For multi-centre research (studies involving more than one HSC Trust in Northern Ireland or with one or more UK nations), the HSC R&D Application Gateway [external link]has been established to coordinate research governance permission, working closely with the HSC Trust R&D Offices in Northern Ireland and the other national research co-ordinating centres in the UK. Applicants must make contact directly with the Gateway (phone: (028) 7161 1126; email: email@example.com) to submit their application for a multi-centre study. For more details information about the Gateway please refer to HSC website [external link].
- For a single centre study (involving only one HSC Trust in Northern Ireland) the submission of applications is made directly to the HSC Trust Research Office. Please contact the HSC R&D Office for guidance on submitting your application. Details of offices are available via the HSC website [external link].
- For further guidance on seeking HSC R&D Permission in Northern Ireland please refer to HSC website [external link].
- For multi-centre research led from Scotland, NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre (NRS Permission CC) [external link] provides a coordinated and streamlined process for obtaining NHS permission from Health Boards. Your application (see below) should be submitted via email to NRSPCC@nhs.net
- Single-centre research in Scotland is managed directly with the local R&D office [external link] and so you should email your application (see below) directly to the relevant R&D office.
- For further guidance on seeking NHS R&D Permission in Scotland please refer to the NHS Research Scotland website [external link]
- Health and Care Research Wales co-ordinates the process of gaining research permissions from NHS organisations in Wales. The process is coordinated nationally by Health and Care Research Wales Permissions Service and delivered locally by the R&D offices of NHS organisations in Wales. Health and Care Research Wales accepts both multi-NHS organisation studies and single NHS organisation studies. Your application (see below) should be emailed to the Health and Care Research Wales Permissions Service at: Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your application should include an XML version of your NHS R&D Form.
- For further guidance on seeking NHS R&D Permission in Wales please refer to the Health and Care Research Wales website [external link].
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