Our Research and Development team works with Trust staff and professionals from other organisations to help support their research projects.
We’re proud of the staff at LYPFT who carry out research, often on top of their busy day jobs. We started a scheme called Research Heroes where we highlight one of two of them every month. Check out our latest research heros.
If you are interested in participating in research studies as a service user or carer, you’ll find that information on this page.
Getting started in research
This page provides more information for those who want to carry out research in the Trust.
All research conducted in the Trust requires approval and further details can be found below. Approvals and registrations for other types of projects including service evaluation, service review and clinical audit is managed by the Trust’s Knowledge and Improvement Team.
‘Research’ is defined in the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research as:
“the attempt to derive generalisable or transferable new knowledge to answer or refine relevant questions with scientifically sound methods.”
If you are unsure whether your proposed project meets this definition have a look at the links below.
The Health Research Authority’s planning and improving research section.
Is my study ‘research’ – online decision tool on the Health Research Authority’s (HRA) website
Read the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership’s (HQIP) guide for clinical audit, research and service review.
Recruiting volunteers – Consent for Contact
Volunteers who take part in research play a crucial role in improving the lives of thousands of people every year. Nearly all research needs help from those affected to make this possible. We’ve developed a Consent for Contact information sheet which explains the benefits of research to potential volunteers and encourages them to give consent to be contacted. This might be useful to anyone embarking on recruiting volunteers.
Want to talk it through?
If you’ve read all there is to read and you’d appreciate a chat with us, then please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a ring on 0113 85 52387.
Applying for approval to conduct a research study
All new research projects being undertaken in England require HRA (Health Research Authority) approval. This process involves a review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee (where required) with an assessment of regulatory compliance and other related matters.
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.
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.