The links on this page will take you through to websites that contain information about guidelines and legislation that inform and regulate research in health and social care.

Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care

The White Paper, Equity and Excellence: liberating the NHS (DH June 2010) said “The Government will cut the bureaucracy involved in medical research. We have asked the Academy of Medical Sciences to conduct an independent review of the regulation and governance of medical research. In the light of this review we will consider the legislation affecting medical research, and the bureaucracy that flows from it, and bring forward plans for radical simplification”. These plans will include a review of the Research Governance Framework.

Data Protection

The Health Research Authority has lot of informationl to help health researchers understand the issues of confidentiality and data protection in health research.

Ethical Approval

Not all research conducted within the UK requires approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC). Check to see if your study requires this type of approval by using this Decision Tool.

NHS Research and Design

Some research does not need ethical approval but requires NHS R&D approval.

National Research Ethics Service

The NHS Health Research Authority website provides information about REC's.

Publication Ethics

Find out more about publication ethics from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) here. COPE have written a number of guidelines on research and publication ethics.

UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC)

The UKCRC brings together the NHS, research funders, industry, regulatory bodies, Royal Colleges, patient groups and academia in a UK-wide environment that facilitates and promotes high quality clinical research for the benefit of patients.

UK Clinical Research Networks (UKCRN)

The UKCRN have been established in each of the four UK nations funded by the UK Health Departments. Together these national networks form the UKCRN, strategic oversight for which is provided by the UKCRC.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The NIHR commissions and funds NHS, social care and public health research.