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Conducting research

We encourage staff, students and practitioner researchers to undertake research within Southern Health. 

Conducting research

Getting my research started in Southern Health

Before you can begin your project, you will require a number of authorisations in line with the Research Governance Framework.

The appropriate level of authorisations is generated via the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), which is your first requirement for obtaining NHS R&D approval.

Guidance on how to complete the IRAS form is available on the IRAS website. You can also obtain approvals for the relevant Research Ethics Committee (REC). You'll need to submit the study document set generated by IRAS to the R&D office.

Once you satisfy the subjected checks, the R&D office will issue you with a formal letter of approval signed by the Director of R&D. Only then will you be able to begin your research at the Trust.

Register for an IRAS account

REC approval and Proportionate review

Your study may be eligible for ‘Proportionate Review’ or may not require full Research Ethics Committee (REC) approval.

Proportionate Review is suitable for studies where there is minimal risk, burden or intrusion for participants. 

Applying for ethics approval

1. Complete Research Ethics Committee (REC) form in IRAS

Relevant documents will be requested as per applicant checklist on IRAS

2. Book the application for ethical review

Once your application is ready, telephone your local REC to book a meeting date for discussion of your application. You will be given the name of a REC, a Reference number, and submission date

3. Submit your application

Your application must be submitted to REC within 4 working days of making your booking.