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Approvals process

All research studies taking place in the Trust require registration and permission from the medical director to be undertaken. This is in addition to that obtained from a University ethics committee.

There are many types of research activities, each requires different levels of support and approvals.

Certain types of studies will require full Health Research Authority (HRA) approval to ensure the interests of our patients, staff and organisation are safeguarded. Use this Decision making tool to help you decide if your study needs HRA approval. (

Please contact Paula Waddingham ( about how to obtain approval for your project.

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