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The research governance framework for health and social care was first published by the DoH in March 2001 and the 2nd edition was published in April 2003.

Research governance framework
The research governance framework outlines the principles of good governance that apply to all research within the remit of the secretary of state for health. Research governance is one of the core standards for health care organisations. The research governance framework is grounded on the principles that apply generally to research in health and social care.

It can be defined as:

  • a broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that exist to achieve and continuously improve, research quality across all aspects of healthcare in the UK and worldwide.

Research goverance improves research quality and safeguards the public by 
enhancing ethical and scientific quality, promoting good practice, reducing adverse incidents and ensuring lessons are learned preventing poor performance and misconduct.

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Who and what does the research governance framework apply to?
It is for all those who:

  • participate in research
  • host research in their organisations
  • fund research proposals or infrastructure

It is for managers and staff in all professional groups who are involved in research no matter how senior or junior. It applies to the full range of research types, contexts and methods.

What does research governance mean to researchers?
Unfortunately you can not decide that you want to carry out research and then start doing it.

Research must now be approved by the ethics committee and the R&D Office of where the research is happening before the research can start.

If your project is not properly approved by ethics and R&D and you start your research project the Trust is unable to support you if something goes wrong with your research project.