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Apply for research approval
Anyone wishing to carry out research
within or on behalf of Medway Children and Adults Directorate, with
its staff or clients, must first gain approval through the Research
and Information Team by phoning 01634 332445 or
Medway Council is a learning
organisation and encourages research as a valuable learning tool.
It also has a duty of care to its service users, their families,
carers and its staff.
Medway Council will ensure that
research and related activities involving staff and service users,
carers or their data are conducted ethically and to the highest
Research Governance Framework
Before an external organisation or
individual, including students, can undertake research with social
care staff or service users, carers or associated data, they need
to satisfy the requirements of the Department of Health’s
Research Governance Framework.
The Framework was first published in
2001 and updated in April 2005 and provides guidance on how to
assure the quality of research as well as how to ensure the rights
of those involved are protected. It also clarifies the
responsibilities of the different agencies and individuals involved
The second edition (2005) gives
guidance on the Mental
Capacity Act 2005 , providing specialist safeguards
for participants who lack capacity to consent to research.
What does the RGF cover?
Any activity that involves the
collection of information from or about, individuals who may be
service users, their relatives or friends, members of the public or
employees of the department.
It includes any consultations,
surveys, or audits carried out in connection with best value but
does not include the routine collection of management information
or information collected in the course of normal practice.
Specifically, the research covers:
- focus groups
- student projects.
What does the RGF require?
The RGF addresses standards in five
- science, requiring research proposals to be independently
reviewed by relevant experts
- ethics, requiring research to be reviewed independently to
ensure rights and safety of research participants
- information, requiring full and free public access to
information on the research and its findings
- health and safety, requiring the safety of research
participants, researchers and other staff be addressed
- finance, ensuring appropriate arrangements are made for the use
of public money.
What are the benefits of the
Setting up systems to assess and
monitor research and related activities will provide Medway Council
with the following benefits:
- co-ordinated information on what research activities are taking
- findings that are readily available for use, e.g. to inform
- improved quality of the research being conducted
- ensuring that service users, carers and staff are not
- avoidance of unnecessary replication of research or
- safeguarding researchers’ integrity and ensuring compliance
- ensuring public confidence
- making sure users, carers and staff are protected.
Governance Framework application form (42KB doc)
Approval checklist - Medway (33KB pdf)
Research Governance proposal checklist (31KB pdf)