Safety and governance

Research governance can be defined as the broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that exist to improve research quality and safeguard the public and staff involved. It applies to everyone connected with healthcare research, including participants, investigators, funders, managers and host organisations.

The R&D department at Southampton oversees all research involving the hospital's patients, healthy volunteers, staff and premises to ensure that the principles laid down in the Department of Health Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care are met. All researchers must follow the principles and regulations set out in the R&D general policy.

Safety reporting

The Trust is committed to ensuring the safety and dignity of its patients, staff and visitors at all times. Investigators are responsible for reporting adverse events as soon as they occur, and for providing regular safety reports to the Trust.

Other aspects of research governance

Any research taking place in an NHS organisation must receive research governance approval (sometimes called R&D approval) from the host NHS organisation before the research can start. This is separate from NHS research ethics approval which is approval for the ethical aspects of the study.

Other aspects of research governance include:

  • Monitoring
  • Human Tissue Act
  • Intellectual property
  • Research misconduct
  • UK Regulatory and Governance Advice Service