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Conducting a Study

Conducting a Study

There are a number of different kinds of projects involving data collection, research, audit, service evaluation, Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives, case notes studies, student thesis, etcetera.  All of them require formal authorisation from the Trust before participants can be approached or data collected.

Do you need help developing your idea and choosing a study format?

While not responsible for the delivery of the study (as a ‘Principal Investigator’ would be), the role ELFT expects a local study lead to undertake is more significant than mere ‘collaborator’. 

If the study is defined as research, informed consent must be sought from participants and recorded in the service user's medical record.

HRA Approval is the new process for the NHS in England that replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation.

Do you need help preparing a grant application?

The Department of Health expects NHS organisations to complete an operational capability statement (OCS) using their standardised template.