Ethical approval and sponsorship of NHS research

The NHS has its own procedures for ethical review of research conducted under its auspices. The Health Research Authority works closely with the UK Health Departments to develop and maintain a common UK-wide system for ethical review of health and social care research.

Cases where NHS ethical review is needed

Ethical review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee is required for research within the scope of the Governance Arrangements for NHS Research Ethics Committees. This includes:

Applying for sponsorship

The University of Leicester is registered as a Research Sponsor with the Department of Health. Research projects require sponsorship from the University before they can be forwarded to an NHS Research Ethics Committee for review.

Requests for sponsorship can be made through the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology. The College's website has advice on applications for projects to be considered for sponsorship by the University.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students with questions regarding ethical approval for NHS research should speak with their supervisor in the first instance.

Investigators must not identify the University as sponsor without the prior agreement of the Research Governance Manager -

Governance Arrangements for NHS Research Ethics Committees

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