Research governance

Research governance aims to ensure that research is high quality, safe and ethical. It is about the rules and procedures drawn up to make sure that all NHS and social care organisations (hospitals, GP practices, day centres etc) that are involved in research are aware of, and take responsibility for, all the research taking place.

Salford R+D is responsible for ensuring that any research taking place within Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust or Salford Clinical Commissioning Group follows the law and is carried out to the highest standards, for our patients’ benefit. We ensure compliance with the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (2nd ed) 2005 across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group. Any research within Salford that uses NHS patients, their data or tissue, NHS staff, or premises or resources, must have NHS Permission, as well as the other required approvals (such as ethics) before it can start.

Research governance:

  • Sets out principles, requirements and standards for research and makes sure they are met
  • Describes monitoring and auditing arrangements
  • Improves research and safeguards the public by:
  • Enhances ethics and scientific quality
  • Promotes good practice
  • Reduces adverse incidents and ensuring that lessons are learned

Click here for guidance on:

HRA Approval


Determining whether a project is research

Research governance responsibilities – who to contact at Salford Royal

MAHSC guidelines on addresses for publications