Service approval: Discuss your concept or proposal with the clinical lead of the relevant service prior to registering it. For Maternity Services this includes the clinical midwife director to arrange review by Maternity Services Clinical Governance Committee. We can advise who the relevant clinical lead is.
Determine whether your proposed project is Research or Clinical Audit. Please contact the research office if you are unsure.
Please note if you state your study is audit on the online HDEC application form (EthicsRM), the system will automatically respond that it does not require ethics. You need to be certain it is an audit before ticking that box.
Please complete the screening questions at the start of an HDEC/EthicsRM form to determine whether your study requires ethics approval, and if so, whether it will go through the expedited pathway or the full pathway. If you are advised it is out of scope, please click ‘Proceed’ at the end of that form, to generate an ‘Out of HDEC scope’ letter and forward that to the research office.
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