About research governance
Research Governance applies to everyone connected to healthcare research, whether as a chief investigator, care professional, researcher, their employer(s) or support staff. By healthcare research, we mean any health-related research which involves humans, their tissue and/or data.
If you are involved in research of this kind, it is important that you are aware of your obligations to the healthcare research process.
What is Research Governance?
Research governance: ‘The broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that exist to achieve, and continuously improve, research quality across all aspects of healthcare in the UK and worldwide.’
Why is research governance required?
The research governance framework was introduced to help:
- Safeguard participants in research
- Protect researchers/investigators (by providing a clear framework to work within)
- Enhance ethical and scientific quality
- Minimise risk
- Monitor practice and performance
- Promote good practice and ensure lessons are learned
The role of the APCRC and research governance
The APCRC covers primary care research and specifically, studies involving NHS staff, patients, patient data, and premises in Bristol CCG, North Somerset CCG and South Gloucestershire CCG.
- We provide guidance to local researchers on whether a proposal is research, and hence what approvals are/are not required.
- Provide support/advice and guidance to local researchers with IRAS applications and suitability for primary care
- Advise and facilitate engagement with other R&D offices/partner organisations and Sponsors
- Understanding local architecture and supporting access routes
- Supporting implementation of amendments
- Facilitation and oversight of HR arrangements in primary care i.e Research Passport applications, issuing letters of access
- Clarifying study costs and attribution in accordance with national guidelines
- Collection of final reports/outcomes
Please contact our R&D office for help and advice on research governance