Research governance

All health research studies taking place in the NHS require research governance approval, so that the interests of our patients, staff and organisation are safeguarded. We can advice and support researchers through the governance procedures and research ethics applications and issue local Research and Development approval for all successful applications.

Our Research Governance Officers can help to guide you and your study through the NHS approval process. They are also responsible for...

  • ...monitoring active research studies to ensure we are up to date on progress
  • ...identifying any recruitment difficulties
  • ...ensuring that research activity complies with governance requirements.

Please contact the Research and Development department as soon as you start to put your proposal together. You must get provisional Research and Development approval for your research before you start preparing your funding application. This provisional approval is to say that the Research and Development department are willing, in principle, to support your study.  Research and Development are unable to grant this support to all studies so, to avoid disappointment, it is crucial that you seek provisional approval right from the start.

It is important to remember that once your study is funded you will need to obtain formal NHS research ethics and Research and Development approval before starting your study. The Research and Development department can guide you throughout this process. For information about the support that is available to you, please get in touch by emailing: We want to help give you the best start.

Research and Development Policies and Prodecures

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) expects that all organisations intending to sponsor or participate in research have a Research and Development Operational Capability Statement. This statement provides a board-level operational framework, which empowers a Research and Development Office to undertake the management of research within the organisation.

In order to ensure good research practice, all research conducted within the Trust should comply with our Research Policy.

You can find our privacy statement and performance data below. Please also have a look at our Research Guidance page. 

The NIHRh requires NHS Trusts to publish quarterly information on the initiation and delivery of clinical trials. Please see the tabs below for the quarterly information for each year.