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For Researchers

Research is essential to find out which treatments work better for your patients. It plays an important role in discovering new treatments, and making sure that we use existing treatments in the best possible ways.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital can help you develop your research protocol, patient facing documents and supporting documents. The Trust can sometimes sponsor your study too, providing you and the regulatory authorities with the safety and reassurance that your project is being maintained in accordance with current legislation and guidelines. Sponsorship requests are to be discussed with the R&D Governance team.

We offer training for new and experienced researchers – a key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research is Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. GCP encompasses the ethical and scientific quality standards for which all research must adhere to. Compliance with these standards means the rights, safety and wellbeing of trials subjects are protected, and that the research data is credible.

If you would like to know more about the training we offer, please get in touch.

If you’re thinking about doing a research project at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, get in touch with R&D as soon as you can. The R&D Governance team are here to support researchers in developing their ideas and guiding you through the approval process.

If you have a research interest but can’t find a study to get started on, come and speak to the team who can talk you through potential opportunities and support you in developing your interest.

The first question to ask when you considering setting up a study is: ‘Is it research?’


Research is governed very differently from other types of studies, and will often need regulatory approval and formal approval by the Trust R&D department.


Research-type methods are often used for projects that are not always regarded as research.


These could include clinical audits, surveillance and service evaluation.


The Health Research Authority (HRA) has implemented a Defining Research Leaflet and Decision Tool to assist you in categorising your project.

If you are still unsure how to categorise your project, please get in touch with us.

To find out more information regarding the Research Ethics Committee (REC) and HRA approval process please click here . The website also provides information and guidance regarding post approval amendments process for studies. 

Please contact the R&D team for a full list of documents and guidance.

The R&D team has an open door policy and can be found on Level 2 in the North block at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Please feel free to drop in and chat to us.

Research and Development office:

Level 2
North block
Royal Berkshire Hospital 

0118 322 8140

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