Is It Research?

Not all projects are classed as research; some may fall under service evaluation, clinical audit or something similar.
Ethical approval and NHS permission are only required for research projects, and other types of projects do not to be reviewed in the same manner. However, please note that if your project is classed as not being research it does not mean there are no ethical issues and you should still consider carefully any ethical issues.
Guidance and an algorithm about how to class your project can be found on the HRA website. If you remain unsure please submit a draft proposal to the research office at We will review your proposal and provide advice.