Overview: the research pathway

There are a number of key stages and various important topics you need to know before you carry out your study, during your research and after the study has been concluded.

Contact the Research Office in the first instance to ensure you are prepared for all these stages:

Initial planning
It is crucial you are in touch with the Research Office at this stage so they can help you to determine if your project is research, develop a protocol and organise sponsorship.
Feasibility
A feasibility review ensures a proposed study has a better chance of being successfully completed. This must be provided in your applications for national and local approvals.
Funding
All projects need to be fully funded - especially to cover the cost of using Trust resources. The Research Office will help you determine the costs associated with research activity such as staff time, consumables, equipment and the facilities where the research will be conducted.
Approvals
Permission is required from various authorities, such as regulatory bodies at a national level. Approval from the host organisation, the clinical department and various other areas at a local level will also be needed. Contracts and agreements may be required to clarify terms and conditions of funding or how data is shared or used. Your proposals will undergo an ethical review at this stage.
Conduct and responsibilities
All research must be conducted in line with the approved protocol, Trust policy and national frameworks. As an investigator you will have multiple responsibilities. You can always contact your Research Facilitator for clarification.
Finalising your research
Once your study has been completed, you will need to provide an end of study report and alert the Research Office of various other figures and findings.