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Research Governance Policy

The Trust’s ambition is to be a global leader in research and innovation, delivering benefit to patients at pace and scale to make a real and lasting difference to the quality of care provided by the Trust. We must ensure that research we undertake is carried out safely and to the highest quality standards.

This Policy sets out the requirements for conducting research within the Trust to ensure that research activity complies with the principles of the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social care (DH, 2005). It provides a framework for research which complies with good practice without restricting the freedom of individual researchers to develop ideas which can improve clinical care.

Research governance is needed to:

  • safeguard participants in research

  • protect researchers / investigators (by providing a clear framework within which to work)

  • enhance ethical and scientific quality

  • mitigate risk

  • monitor practice and performance

  • promote good practice and ensure that lessons are learned

The Policy is relevant to all staff who undertake, support or manage clinical and non clinical research including chief and principal investigators, care professionals, researchers, research nurses, managers and support staff.

The Policy applies to research activity where research is defined as:

“...the attempt to derive generalisable new knowledge by addressing clearly defined questions with systematic and rigorous methods” (Research Governance Framework, DH, 2005, para 1.10, pg. 3)

The Policy applies to all research activity involving the Trust including:

  • Research where the Trust is a lead organisation

  • Research where the Trust is a participating site in research

  • Research where participants are patients, carers, volunteers and members of Trust staff

  • Research taking place on Trust premises

  • Research involving Trust resources

  • Research that is non-clinical

  • Research being undertaken as part of an educational qualification

The Policy does not apply to audit or service evaluations. For guidance on the differentiation between research, audit and service evaluation see:



Link to the full Policy:

Research Governance Policy

Link to the Equalities Impact Analysis:

Research Governance Policy - EIA