Before you begin your research you will need to ensure you have permission from various authorities such as regulatory bodies at a HRA as well as approval from the host organisation, the clinical department and various other areas at a local level defined by the feasibility assessment. What to keep in mind is that it may take as long as three months to receive approval from national organisations, depending on how quickly you respond to queries about your application. If your project does not have the appropriate approvals from national regulatory bodies, you will not be allowed to proceed with your research. Ensure you ask the head of department or head nurse for permission to carry out the research. Ensure your DBS checks and training are current, according to the policy of your host organisation. There are different procedures for people who are not employed by the Trust. When you speak with the Research and Development office, they will discuss with you what you need to do. The team will:
- Assist with application forms and provides specific legislative advice to determine if you are allowed to do the research.
- Ensure all legal obligations are met before research is started.
The Research and Development office will go over the approval process with you and you can also refer to this information when:
- completing the applications for approvals for national organisations, and;
- seeking approval from the department you are working in and other areas at a local level.