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Research and development


This website covers Research & Development at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust including Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans City & Watford Hospitals.

Here you will find all the information you will need to submit applications for approval, as well as information on how you can receive help in designing your research.

The pages also include information and links, which will help keep you up to date with training opportunities.

Consumers in NHS Research

For information on an advisory group on consumer involvement in research and development in the

Guidance on obtaining HRA approval

HRA Approval is the new process for the NHS in England that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, undertaken by dedicated HRA staff, with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK Health Departments’ Research Ethics Service. It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation in England. This allows participating organisations to focus their resources on assessing, arranging and confirming their capacity and capability to deliver the study.

If your study is led from England and involves the NHS in England, you should now use HRA Approval. Before you apply for REC review, please go to the applicant guidance section [] for information about how to apply

Research Conduct

If you have any queries or concerns about any aspect of research at either Trust, you can contact the Associate Director Research and Development in complete confidence.

Fiona Smith, Associate Director Research and Development
Tel: Watford General Hospital: (01923) 217854

Advice on Research Funding and Medical Statistics

There is an arrangement between the Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research (CLiCIR) at the University of Hertfordshire and Research & Development to provide both on site and remote support to researchers, through the NIHR Research Design Service.

Available support includes advice on potential sources of funding, the development of grant applications and building research networks both locally, and with other Universities and Trusts. Support can also be provided on statistical analysis and methods of dissemination, such as publications and conferences. To access these services, please contact the Research and Development offices.

For more details, please visit the RDS website.

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