Welsh Government


Researchers can access a range of support and services through Health and Care Research Wales at the research set-up stage.

This section provides information on the support available for the following activities:


Site selection

Gaining NHS research permission

Gaining ethical approval

Get your study on the Clinical Research Portfolio 


Enhancing NHS Approvals Programme

The Health and Care Research Wales Support Centre has been commissioned by Welsh Government to lead a programme of work to further improve and simplify NHS approvals for research studies taking place in Wales. The projects within the programme will consider approaches across the rest of the UK, review current processes across Wales and aim to make recommendations on a number of areas, with initial recommendations across the majority of projects due in summer 2016.

The projects within the programme cover a range of aspects involved in providing approvals for research taking place in the NHS in Wales, including assessing whether some of the activities involved in providing approvals for research in the NHS in Wales can be coordinated in order to enhance and streamline processes. This page provides initial information about the programme and will be updated as the programme progresses. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about the programme.

Initial communication to stakeholders

Enhancing NHS Approvals Programme - Programme initiation document