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Research & Development Department News

Research & Development Department News

Strategic Review of Research Governance Team Update


An email was issued in August to PIs and support staff to announce changes to the governance structure within the Research & Development Department. This notification is to announce those changes coming into effect on the 1st of October and to provide each division with details of their named research governance contact.


Following a strategic review of the Research & Development Department governance teams, it has been decided to merge the current Commercial and non-Commercial governance teams and align with the new clinical structure.

The R & D department is responsible for the legal, financial and administrative functions of all the research activities undertaken at CUH. A core function of this business is to assure the Trust that all research studies are undertaken in line with national and international regulations and to confirm that each research study seeks and is given appropriate Trust approval. These tasks are undertaken for all research studies both commercial and non-commercial.

National changes to the governance procedure combined with a greater use of model legal agreements and costing template, have led to a streamlining of the overall process, meaning that the division of commercial and non-commercial studies is no longer required.

From 1st of October

Each clinical division will have a named contact and dedicated Research Governance Coordinator, supported by a Research Governance Assistant.  Please see table.

This will provide significant added value to the service delivered to research teams with research governance coordinators developing a deeper understanding of each division’s speciality and fostering stronger working relations with key stakeholders. The new structure will also support the Trust in achieving its NIHR targets for patient recruitment.

In the next few weeks

Your Research Governance Coordinator will contact you shortly to introduce themselves and to establish links with key research colleagues in each division.

We hope you will support the department, particularly through this transition period, as we improve and enhance the service offered to you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Kelleher R & D Manager or Louise Stockley Research Governance Manager.

September 2014

Division Speciality Lead Research Governance Contact
A MSK/DD/ICU/Peri-Ops Katrina.Gatley@addenbrookes.nhs.uk
B Cancer/Labs/Imaging/Clinical Hannah.Haines@addenbrookes.nhs.uk
C Acute Medicine/II/Transplant Lucy.Bennett@addenbrookes.nhs.uk
D Neuroscience/ENT/H&N/Plastics/Cardiovascular Harriet.Nesbitt@addenbrookes.nhs.uk
E Med Paeds/Paeds Critical Care/Surgery Paeds/Obs&Gynae Tracy.Assari@addenbrookes.nhs.uk