Conducting research

Our Research and Development team works with Trust staff and professionals from other organisations to help support their research projects. This page provides more information for those who want to do research in the Trust.

All research conducted in the Trust requires approval and further details can be found below. Approvals for other types of projects including service evaluation, service review and clinical audit is managed by the Trust’s Improvement and Knowledge team.

If you are unsure whether your proposed project is research as defined in the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research*,  please take a look at the following guidance:

  1. Download the Health Research Authority’s (HRA) Defining Research information leaflet
  2. Use the Health Research Authority’s (HRA) decision tool to understand if your project is considered research
  3. Read the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership’s (HQIP) guide for clinical audit, research and service review

*research is defined as the attempt to derive generalisable or transferable new knowledge to answer or refine relevant questions with scientifically sound methods

If you wish to discuss further, please ring the R&D department on 0113 85 52387.

Applying to conduct a research project

All new research projects being undertaken in England require HRA (Health Research Authority) approval. This process comprises a review by a NHS Research Ethics Committee (where required) with an assessment of regulatory compliance and other related matters. It replaces the need for NHS permission by each participating organisation in England.

Read our guide on writing a research protocol
Read our guide on seeking approval for research

Applications for HRA approval must use the new single application form, which is enabled through selections made in the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) project filter. The IRAS form and supporting documentation must be electronically submitted from IRAS to the HRA.

Read the HRA’s detailed applicant guidance

If you are employed by the Trust, please contact the Research and Development Team as early as possible in the process to discuss sponsorship of your project.