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R&D Information for Researchers

All research aims to answer questions or test ideas. It’s about developing better treatments or care for patients, protecting and promoting better health in the first place, and delivering better services. If you are a member of staff or a researcher wishing to carry out a study at the health board, the R&D team will be able to guide you through the process, including:

  • determining if your project is research, audit or service evaluation
  • determining if your project is a CTIMP which needs approval from the Medicine for Healthcare Regulatory Authority
  • how to get help in protocol development
  • applying for Health Board Sponsorship (if required)
  • setting up of a study
  • gaining NHS Ethical approval
  • gaining NHS permission / health board R&D approval.
  • NHS permission /approval is required when research involves Cardiff and Vale UHB staff, patients, patients' tissue, organs or data and the use of health board facilities


Health and Care Research Wales provides a high-quality, needs-driven training programme which is delivered across Wales. All Health and Care Research Wales training courses offer CPD certification. For more information visit the Health and Care Research Wales website. 

Standard Operating Procedures

(SOPs) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) places a responsibility on Sponsors to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for every aspect of clinical trial management. For more information contact the Research and Development office ( or visit Cardiff and Vale’s intranet page or the Health and Care Research Wales website.

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