Research governance

How we maintain and evaluate our care services and protect people who help us.

What is research governance?

Research is essential in planning and delivering effective and high quality care services. Research governance is the means by which the quality of research into social care services in Suffolk is assured, and the rights of those involved protected.

Research governance in Suffolk

The Suffolk Research Governance Panel evaluates and gives final approval for all research studies in, and associated with, adult and children's social care. In addition, the panel supports researchers to ensure they meet the required quality standards.

Further information

This decision tool will help you decide whether or not your study is research, as defined by the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you need to make an application for Research Governance Panel consideration, please complete the Research governance application form (Word, 52KB).

National research governance frameworks

Research governance in Suffolk works within national guidance: 

Deadlines for Research Governance Panel consideration 2019

  • 15 Jan 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 8 January 2019)
  • 12 Feb 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 5 February 2019)
  • 12 March 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 5 March 2019)
  • 16 April 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 9 April 2019)
  • 14 May 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 7 May 2019)
  • 11 June 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 4 June 2019)
  • 16 July 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 9 July 2019)
  • 17 September 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 10 September 2019)
  • 15 October 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 8 October 2019)
  • 12 November 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 5 November 2019)
  • 10 December 2019 (documentation to be submitted by 3 December 2019)

Please email QATeam@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk with queries and completed application forms.