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Applying for Research and Development Approval

The Research & Development Department is the channel through which every research project involving West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trusts must be approved before it may commence.

Types of research, which need trust approval, are those, which involve:

Project Costing

All research projects must have an internal costing pro-forma completed by the researcher or designated individual (i.e. research nurse or experienced data manager). Please send your completed form, by email, to the R&D Office dealing with your project.

Research and Development Submission

The R&D Dept, where possible, tries to operate a 'parallel processing' policy. We will initiate review of a project alongside the local site specific assessment where appropriate. We will however always require a minimum of the documentation listed below to commence the review process.

Please submit the following documents to:
(or contact one of the Research and Development team directly)

Upon receipt of the above, we will commence review of your project.

All projects are reviewed by a Research and Development Steering Group (RDSG) to assess the study’s suitability within the Trust. Please contact the R&D Office responsible for the study to find out the meeting and closing dates for applications to the committee.

When available, the full submission (documents listed below) should be forwarded electronically (and posted where necessary) to the Research and Development Office dealing with your project:

R&D Office
Research and Development Department
3rd Floor, Willow House
Watford General Hospital
West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust
Vicarage Road
WD18 0HB
Tel: 01923 217854
Fax: 01923 217911