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Where to start?

So, you’re a CCS NHS Trust employee and you want to become active in research?

If you have an idea, it is important to establish if the project is research, audit or evaluation. If you aren't sure which it is, contact the Research Team (

If you are undertaking a literature review, Trust staff can utilise library services CCS Library Service offering advice on databases and literature review training.

If you’d like to do a clinical audit or service evaluation, please contact the Clinical Audit & Effectiveness Team for support and advice.

If you're about to start a MSc or PhD project, please contact to direct you to the most appropriate member of the team. 

If you already have funding to do a project, contact for next steps.

If you’d like to help researchers find patients for their projects (NIHR portfolio studies) contact the Research Team ( to register your interest.

If you’re thinking of applying for a research grant, contact the Research Design Service (RDS) to ask out about funding calls and how to write a successful research proposal. East Of England RDS

We always aim to support and inspire clinical researchers in the Trust. Please contact the Research Team (  with your questions about NHS research and we will try to help you find the answers!

Approval 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 the research team at about how to obtain approval for your project.

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