Like all other NHS organisations, the deanery utilises the Integrated Research Application System: https://www.myresearchproject.org.uk/
Anyone wishing to conduct education or workforce-related research involving deanery trainees must register with IRAS and complete an NHS R&D form. The completed R&D form should be sent to our administrator, Rebecca Marland email@example.com along with the following documents:
- the research protocol;
- the CV of the Chief Investigator;
- written confirmation that the study has received ethical approval (if deemed necessary) from the university sponsoring the research*;
- copies of participant invitation letters, participant information sheets and consent forms;
- copies of any research instruments (questionnaires, interview schedules, etc).
*There is normally no longer a requirement for a separate NHS Local Research Ethics Committee (LREC) application to be made if the research is purely education/workforce-based, does not involve patients, tissue samples, etc., and is otherwise low-risk and non-contentious. For research being conducted as part of an academic qualification, however, the relevant university ethics committee would normally be expected to conduct an ethical review.
For research being conducted as part of an academic qualification, the employer of the student’s academic supervisor should normally assume the role of research ‘Sponsor’ – details of which will need to be included on the IRAS R&D application form.
For research being conducted under the aegis of the deanery (e.g. under the supervision of one of the Associate Deans/Directors; by a deanery Medical Education Fellow, etc.), then the approval of the Postgraduate Dean to act as 'Sponsor' must be secured. Once the IRAS form has been submitted to the deanery, it will be passed to Dr Steven Agius, Senior Research Fellow, to review and make a recommendation to the Dean to accept (or not) Sponsorship of the study. If and when the Dean agrees, the IRAS form is then sent out for review by members of the joint deanery/SHA Research Governance Committee. Applications are reviewed to ensure that the proposed research is appropriate, scientifically rigorous and ethically sound (we have started reviewing applications for ethical issues now that LRECs have relinquished responsibility for NHS workforce research).
The business of the committee is dealt with electronically and applications are normally reviewed within 21 days of submission. The application can be (i) approved, (ii) approved with modification, (iii) rejected. The Chief Investigator will then be notified of the decision directly.
If you need more detailed guidance on research governance, please contact Dr Agius firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0161 625 7668