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 Adult Social Care and Together for Families directorates.
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.
You can find out more in:
- Bitesize Guide: Before You Publish Data
- Bitesize Guide: Carrying Out Ethical Research in Cornwall
- Managers Briefing Note
- RGF: Resource Pack for Social Care from the Social Services Research Group
Making an application to the panel
To make an application to the panel, download our guidance documents and complete the application form:
- Adults RGF application form
- Adults RGF application guidance notes
- Adults RGF Policy and Guidelines
- Together for Families RGF application form
- Together for Families RGF application guidance notes
Applications to be considered at panel must be emailed to Adultsrgf@cornwall.gov.uk for research relating to Adult Social Care or Childrensrgf@cornwall.gov.uk for research relating to Together for Families. Applications are required to be submitted 2 weeks before the panel date. An outcome / feedback will be forwarded within 2 weeks of panel.
Panel dates for Adult Social Care and Together for Families 2022
- 15 January
- 10 February
- 10 March
- 28 April
- 13 May
- 24 June
- 22 July
- 26 August
- 30 September
- 21 October
- 25 November
- 16 December
For more information about the process and applications contact the appropriate Research Governance Framework team using the details on this page.
For information and advice about data protection issues, please contact our Information Governance Team via email: