Research Governance

What is Research Governance?

Research governance assures the quality of consultation, evaluation and research whilst protecting the dignity and rights of everyone who may be involved.

Why is Research Governance required?

All health and social care organisations are required by the Department of Health to have a Research Governance Framework that ensures:

  • People involved in research are well looked after
  • Research is necessary
  • Research is carried out to a high standard
  • Any risks are appropriately identified and managed.

Who does it apply to?

The Research Governance Framework covers all research which involves service users, carers or staff when accessed through Adult Social Care.

The framework applies to all partners, service users, carers, managers and staff, especially those who:

  • Participate in research
  • Host research in their service
  • Fund research proposals or infrastructure
  • Manage research
  • Undertake research

The Research Governance board

The Research Governance board checks proposals to make sure they meet the highest professional and research standards. Adult Social Care have a duty to make sure any research carried out is meaningful , ethical, well-constructed and produces useful results.

What to do if you would like to carry out research

Contact us using the information below for an initial discussion. We may ask you to provide a brief summary on the research governance application form with a proposal or plan attached. The application form includes a checklist of all the information the research governance board needs to be able to consider the research for approval.

Please read it carefully and include the information requested on the application form as a supplementary file.

What happens after an application is submitted?

Once an application is submitted, an acknowledgement is usually sent within five working days. Once the Research-co-ordinator is satisfied that the application and the appropriate supporting documents are all in order, the research application along with relevant documents are emailed to the Research Governance Board.

At least two members of the board need to either approve the application or make recommendations for improvements to it via the Research Co-ordinator.

In some cases the Research Governance Board will reject the proposals. In such cases a full explanation will be provided that will clearly identify, where possible, remedial actions required.

Contact information

Research Governance Co-ordinator
Enterprise House
12 St Paul’s Street


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