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Clinical research should be part of the everyday healthcare being delivered at Barnsley Hospital. We aim to offer opportunities to participate in research, to all patients. To achieve this, you may have a research idea that you would like to deliver in your area.

Alternatively, lots of studies are looking for a number of hospitals to run their research in. This is to ensure diversity in the patient population, who sign up. You may want to help deliver one of these studies - the research team can help you identify potential opportunities.

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The role of the Research Nurse

Kate Russell, a Research Nurse is interviewed for the Massive Open Online Course 'What is Health Research?'.

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The role of the Principal Investigator

MD Yousef, a study Principal Investigator is interviewed for the Massive Open Online Course 'What is Health Research?'.

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What support is available?

The Research and Development Department is here to provide comprehensive advice and support. We can support the development of research proposals, set up delivery of research, and assist in the closure of research studies. We will help review capacity and capability and assign a lead research nurse to support the delivery. This is the case whether the study is your own, or part of a wider project.

To find out more please contact us for an informal chat.

Does my study count as research?

We advise staff in the first instance, to use the decision tool provided by the Health Research Authority (HRA). The decision tool aims to help you decide if your study can be classified as research, as defined by the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

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What can my study be classified as?

Research

Research is designed to determine new knowledge to answer questions, via scientifically sound methods.

Contact: barnsley.research@nhs.net

*This information has been adapted from the HRA Defining Research Table.

Service evaluation

Service evaluation is designed and conducted solely to define or judge current care.

Contact: bhnft.clinicalaudit@nhs.net

*This information has been adapted from the HRA Defining Research Table.

Audit

Audit is designed and conducted to produce information to inform delivery of best care.

Contact: bhnft.clinicalaudit@nhs.net

*This information has been adapted from the HRA Defining Research Table.

Quality improvement

Quality improvement - designed as a method for solving problems and making things better, by testing improvement ideas and learning together from things that do and don’t work.

Contact: barnsley.proudtoimprove@nhs.net

*This information has been adapted from the HRA Defining Research Table.

Health Research Authority (HRA) Approval

On 16 April 2018, HRA Approval became HRA and Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW) Approval and now applies to all project-based research taking place in the NHS in England and Wales.

HRA Approval brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, undertaken by dedicated HRA staff, with the independent ethical opinion by a Research Ethics Committee (REC) so that you only need to submit one application. This allows participating organisations to focus their resources on assessing, arranging and confirming their capacity and capability to deliver the study.

You can find full guidance on HRA Approval on the NHS Health Research Authority website.

 

Ethical Opinion

You can use the decision tool provided by the Health Research Authority (HRA), in order to find out if your study needs NHS research ethics approval.

Do I need a sponsor for my research?

All research requires a sponsor. A sponsor can be an individual, a company, institution or organisation that takes on legal responsibility for the initiation, management and financing of the research.

The sponsor takes responsibility for ensuring that the design of the study meets appropriate standards, The sponsor must ensure that arrangements are in place to ensure appropriate conduct and reporting.

Find out more information on the NHS Health Research Authority website.

Local Confirmation of Assessment Capability and Capacity

The Research and Development Department will need to assess, arrange and confirm capacity and capability to deliver all potential research, at the Trust. This process has several stages. For more details, please contact us.

The Research Passport and Letters of Access

The Research Passport forms part of the HR Good Practice Resource Pack. It contains information and documentation to support the process of handling HR arrangements for research. It provides a streamlined approach for confirming details of the pre-engagement checks, that are undertaken with the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care.

For further guidance and to access the Resource Pack please visit the NHS Health Research Authority website.

Student Research

Student research covers studies that are primarily carried out for the purpose of obtaining an educational qualification. We can support student research here at the Trust. However, at this time we are unable to sponsor the research.

The Student research toolkit has been designed by the HRA. It pulls together the resources a student will need to understand what approvals are required, and whether they are eligible to carry out their research in the UK. It contains links to wider decision tools as well as some developed especially for students.

Access the student research toolkit on the NHS Health Research Authority website.

Research Funding

The National Institute for Health Research holds funding bids to assist with your research.

Find out how to apply for NIHR funding for your research project, including eligibility criteria, which programme is most suitable, and how to make a strong application.

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Assistive Technology and Research

The Research and Development Department. works alongside the Barnsley Assistive Technology (AT) Team - which is a nationally recognised, specialised service. The AT Team works with a range of professionals in local teams, to provide electronic assistive technology to patients.

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