Research Governance Framework

Ethical research in health and social care

The Research Governance Framework (RGF) for health and social care considers and approves research in the sector. It is a statutory duty for adults and children’s social work in our Children, Families and Adults directorate.

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The Research Governance Framework Panel meets monthly to consider applications. The panel’s priority is to check that the research is ethical, and that proposals have taken into consideration data protection and a sound research methodology. The aim is to encourage compliance without discouraging research.

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To make an application to the panel, download our guidance documents and complete the application form:

For more information about the process and applications contact the Research Governance Framework using the details on the right hand side.

Data protection

For information and advice about data protection issues, please contact our Information Governance Team via email: or via telephone: 01872 32 4144.