NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (NIHR CSP)
The ability to set up studies quickly is central to making the NHS an internationally competitive environment for clinical research, enabling studies to reach their recruitment targets as swiftly and efficiently as possible. A key component of the NHS R&D strategy is the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission, or NIHR CSP. This is a coordinated and streamlined process by which NHS organisations provide permission (R&D approval) for new research that is available to studies eligible for the NIHR Portfolio. All non-commercial studies to be included in the NIHR Portfolio must use NIHR CSP as the route to seek NHS permission .
NIHR CSP is coordinated by the CLRNs in partnership with the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre. The NIHR CSP system runs in parallel to the Ethics application and any other relevant regulatory applications, with a Lead CLRN carrying out the study-wide review and participating CLRNs carrying out the reviews applicable to local sites. All NHS organisations in England are accepting applications through the system. Arrangements are in place to coordinate studies taking place across the UK.
West Midlands (South) Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) works closely with all its member NHS organisations to provide a centralised research management and governance (RM&G) service for all NIHR Coordinated System for Gaining NHS Permission (CSP) studies.
Shelley Lapper, CSP Facilitator, works alongside Katie Williams, the appointed CSP Manager for our network, as a first point of contact for any general CSP queries, as well as ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the system.This includes working proactively to ensure studies gain NHS Permission as quickly as possible, whilst being consistent with a strong research governance and NHS review.