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IRP - governance and ethics

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IRP - governance and ethics

Governance and ethics guidance for Individual Research Projects at BSMS.

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Is my project research?

Some projects present a challenge for determining whether they are ‘research’, ‘service evaluation’ or ‘audit’. It’s important to correctly categorise a project to determine the appropriate ethical and governance approval pathway, as pathways can differ substantially, particularly for studies taking place in the NHS. 

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Ethics decision tree

My study is research! But which Ethics committee do I need to apply to?

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Sponsorship principles

A sponsor is required for all studies involving NHS patients or staff, or involving community populations eg care home residents, other health and social care populations, or involving administration of a controlled substance to healthy volunteers.

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Information governance

The legal framework governing the use of personal confidential data in health care is complex. It includes the NHS Act 2006, the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Data Protection Act, and the Human Rights Act.

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Secondary data analysis

What sources of primary and secondary care data can you access? 

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Contact us

If you have a BSMS IRP-related question, contact Dr Liz Ford on E.M.Ford@bsms.ac.uk. For queries related to application to the BSMS Research Governance and Ethic Committee (RGEC) contact the Committee on rgec@bsms.ac.uk. For queries related to University Sponsorship contact the URGC Sponsorship Sub-Committee on researchsponsorship@sussex.ac.uk