Department for Health


Research governance

Research Governance applies to everyone connected to healthcare research, whether as a chief investigator, care professional, researcher, their employer(s) or support staff. By healthcare research, we mean any health-related research which involves humans, their tissue and/or data.
If you are involved in research of this kind, it is important that you are aware of your obligations to the healthcare research process.

What is Research Governance?

Research governance is defined as: The broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that exist to achieve, and continuously improve, research quality across all aspects of healthcare in the UK and worldwide.

Why is research governance required?

The UK Policy for Health and Social Care Research was introduced to help:

  • Safeguard participants in research
  • Protect researchers/investigators (by providing a clear framework to work within)
  • Enhance ethical and scientific quality
  • Minimise risk
  • Monitor practice and performance
  • Promote good practice and ensure lessons are learned


Samantha Warren (Research Governance Facilitator)
email: | Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4034