Basildon University Hospital is a research-active Trust, and there are several ways employees can get involved in research:
- Developing original research
- As a Principal Investigator (PI);
- taking part in NIHR adopted studies
- in commercial research studies (funded by industry)
- Student research
All research undertaken at theTtrust must have the relevant NRES favourable opinion and research and development permission before any research activity can take place.
Developing original research
All research needs to be fully funded, have patient and public involvement (PPI) and be peer-reviewed. There are various funding sources; for example the NIHR, charities, research councils and professional bodies.
Help and support on developing your research proposal is available from the research and development team. We can support the development of the research proposal and ethics application – completed via Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) which is the database for researchers to apply for ethical review.
An important part of developing original research is patient and public involvement (PPI) therefore original research should have an element of PPI in its design. Having PPI involvements ensures research is relevant and meets the needs of the people it is designed to help. An independent peer-review gives reassurance on the quality of the research and removes any personal biases.
Principal Investigator (PI)
If you have been approached to be a PI in a study you need to contact research and development to provide research governance and feasibility/ capacity evaluation before giving NHS permission to run the research at our Trust.
Basildon University Hospital is happy to support student research from postgraduate to doctorate level qualifications for Trust-employed staff and external students. For advice, guidance and support contact research and development.
Anyone undertaking clinical research needs to undergo training in good clinical practice (GCP). Trust staff should contact research and development for details.
It is sometimes difficult to tell whether studies fall under‘research’, ‘audit’ or ‘service evaluation’. All these different types of studies take place within the NHS, and there are different procedures for each type of study. If you are in any doubt please contact research and development and see Health Research Authority (HRA) decision guidance and tool.
- Research is designed and conducted to generate new knowledge.
- Audits are designed to find out whether the quality of a service meets a defined standard.
- Service Evaluations are designed to answer the question "what standard does this service achieve"?
All Trust employees are subject to the Trust’s Intellectual Property Policy. Trust employees can find the policy and further information on the Trust’s intranet.