Who are the Research Office?

We are the Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office.

We work with the NHS, academics, health and social care practitioners and commissioners, patients and the public to develop, manage and support the delivery of healthcare research.

We are part of NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG; we act on behalf of all the CCGs in Norfolk and Suffolk, Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust (NCH&C) and East Coast Community Health Care CIC (ECCH).

Coronavirus (COVID 19)-Guidance for sponsors, sites and researchers

Please be aware that at the current time all NHS staff, ourselves included, are being redeployed to support the COVID-19 response and will have limited time to support research.

In response to COVID-19 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) issued a statement regarding the introduction of a national process to prioritise COVID-19 research and published Details of the process and the new single point of entry for prioritising COVID-19 studies.

Until further notice, the NIHR Clinical Research Network is also pausing the site set up of any new or ongoing studies at NHS and social care sites that are not nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies (Please see updated statement here).

Organisations are expected to pause any local studies that impede their ability to contribute to national research efforts.

Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH&C) NHS Trust have also paused all ongoing studies to support the COVID-19 response, and many studies in Primary Care have already been paused to free up Primary Care resource to support the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will be prioritising what resources we have to support studies relating to COVID-19, or to support researchers with any required changes to minimise the impact on the NHS and to comply with government advice. Please contact us via our generic mailbox nwccg.RandDoffice@nhs.net .

Researchers are strongly advised to follow the current HRA guidelines relating to coronavirus.

Applicants making contact about fast-track COVID-19 studies, should continue to follow HRA current guidance or email fast.track@hra.nhs.uk and DO NOT use the online booking service available now for other non urgent studies.

During the COVID-19 pandemic the HRA will not be reviewing applications for individual undergraduate and master’s student projects from now until further notice. Please read the HRA guidance here.

For those developing research applications, please be aware that we will have reduced capacity to advise and support. Please continue to email the generic Development email address NWCCG.ResearchDevelopment@nhs.net and we will address your query as soon as we can.

Updated 18th May 2020

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