In 2016 the way that research carried out in the NHS is reviewed has changed. HRA Approval is the new process for the NHS in England that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, undertaken by dedicated HRA staff, with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK research ethics service. It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation in England. This allows participating organisations to focus their resources on assessing, arranging and confirming their capacity and capability to deliver the study.
A favourable opinion from the main REC is given on the condition that HRA approval is obtained and that local sites confirm capacity and capability. All approvals and confirmations need to be in place before an activity on a research project begins.
At NUH an expert team of professional governance staff, with direct research experience, will engage with investigators and study teams in the Trust to ensure that the correct arrangements are in place, confirm capacity and capability and offer support throughout the lifecycle of the research project.
The Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) is still the single online system for applying for permissions and approvals for health and social care research in the UK. IRAS contains extensive guidance to help you with the application process, including question specific guidance which can be accessed by clicking the “i” icon alongside the question. There is a help page and a free e-learning module which is available to anyone.
For further information on the HRA approval process, please visit the HRA website.
If you have any queries at any stage of the process or would like NUH to act as a site, please contact a member of R&I