Ensuring the study can be delivered is a critical, but often overlooked, aspect of developing a sound protocol. Working with your host NHS organisation’s R&D office is central to understanding the capability and capacity of health and social care organisations available to carry out the study.
This helps identify whether the study matches with current standard care or treatment, whether there are sufficient populations and/or acceptability of the study design within services. It will also help to align the protocol development with NHS and Social Care priorities. A patient or public perspective on the study should be considered at the outset of developing the research question.
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Researchers may want to talk to different communities or focus groups to assess the viability of their study. They may also need help with auditing or have lay members involved in their project who provide a public perspective.