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Research governance

22 September 2004

A series of one-day courses exploring the impact of the UK Department of Health's Research Governance Framework on health and social care research is taking place at UCL.

Dr James Lancaster & Dr Neil Vickers Co-organised by the Public Health Policy Unit of the School of Public Policy and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) R & D Directorate, the courses offer comprehensive training in the most important aspects of the framework.

Since April 2004, all research on health and social care carried out in an NHS setting must comply with the Research Governance Framework. Dr Neil Vickers, Senior Lecturer on Research Governance at the school, said: "The legislation emerged in the context of the tragic events at Bristol, Alder Hey and North Staffordshire. It has produced an explicit formalization of legal relationships between researchers, employers, sponsoring organisations and research participants. Anyone involved in health or social care research needs to know about these things. The course addresses the principal issues covered by the framework, including the questions of consent, data protection and financial aspects of research governance. It also considers user involvement in designing health and social care research."

UCL is the first university in the UK to offer this kind of course. The courses take place at the School of Public Policy on 14 October, 12 November, 13 December, and at least once a month throughout 2005. There will be a special version of the course for new graduate students in relevant disciplines on 27 October. Places are offered on a first-come first-served basis and early booking is recommended.

To obtain a registration form, please contact Dr James Lancaster (School of Public Policy): +44 (0)20 7679 4985.

To find out more about the course use the link below.

Research governance education