Health and Social Care research
Guidance for applications for approval by the Health Research Authority (HRA) for projects conducted in the NHS, HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service; formerly NOMS), and Social Care research.
Where research involves patients, service users, organs, tissue, data or other bodily material or is to be conducted on NHS property you may need Health Research Authority (HRA) approval. Please note this will be in addition to, and in advance of, the University’s research ethics approval.
Details on how to apply for NHS approval using
Research Application System (IRAS) are available on the
website. For University guidance on submitting an
IRAS form, you must contact the Research Ethics
team. If you are unsure as to whether you require
approval, please refer to the approval guidance available on the
In addition to the HRA approval, staff and students must also complete the ethics application form and attach the HRA approval letter, IRAS application and all associated documents to their respective Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC) for consideration of ethical approval.
The University's guidance on research sponsorship provides clarification on the role and responsibilities of the research sponsor.
The Research Passport provides a mechanism for pre-engagement information about a researcher to be shared with relevant NHS organisations in which the applicant will be conducting research. It includes an occupational health assessment, employment/student screening and DBS.
For members of staff, Human Resources will deal with applications for all Research Passports. Contact the HR helpline.
For students, please refer to the Research Passport application process for students