In May 2011, the Government launched the NIHR Research Support Services (RSS) “to facilitate consistent local research management and greatly improve performance”.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has adopted the Research Support Services framework for local health research management. This framework of good practice will enable front line staff to collaborate in offering consistent professional streamlined services to support clinical research in the NHS in England.
The NIHR Research Support Services framework provides standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines for NHS organisations wanting to participate as a host research site (as a participating organisation) and for NHS organisations intending to sponsor a study.
To comply with the framework all Trusts are now required to complete and publish a R&D Operational Capability Statement (RDOC).
The RDOC provides information about the organisation’s commitment to health R&D and the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders in the organisation in delivering these commitments.
The RDOC is included within ‘Stage A, Trust R&D Readiness’ of the Standard Operating Procedure Dependency Framework (see NIHR Research Support Services Framework document section 2).
View further information and download the framework documents by visiting the NIHR Research Support Services framework page on the NIHR website.
View Trust R&D Operational Capability Statement (RDOC) for the London (South) CLRN area: