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Title: The need to speed up getting NHS permission
Date: 03/03/2012

Message from the Department of Health

Research is core to the NHS, as the new legal responsibilities in the Health and Social Care Bill emphasise. As the Plan for Growth and, more recently, the UK Strategy for Life Sciences make clear, it is critical that we address the complexity of health research regulation and governance to make it easier to do high quality, ethical research.

We need to speed up the process of getting NHS permission. A coordinated system, with national consistency, is key to speeding up approvals, particularly for multi-centre studies. The new CSP Module, and the Operating Manual supporting it, aimed to help this by simplifying the system and supporting a more proportionate approach consistent with the NIHR Research Support Services Framework and involving a quick, initial, senior feasibility assessment of studies. We are all only too conscious that the early problems with system stability and the challenges around legacy data entered in the old system have tested our patience and delayed realising this goal. But with the IT system now stable and legacy data issues reducing over time, there is an important opportunity to change governance processes to improve efficiency.

Ensuring timely and consistent NHS permission complements the work of the new Health Research Authority, which aims to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, focussing on national regulation. It is working with partners, including the NIHR, to shape how to promote consistent and proportionate standards for compliance and inspection and create a unified process for research approvals.

With this in mind, I would like to thank you all for your collaboration and dedication to the implementation of CSP and your work to ensure it does help deliver more consistent and streamlined governance - and faster approvals.


Peter Knight, Deputy Director, Head of Research Information and Intelligence, and Simone Bayes, Deputy Director, Head of Research Regulation and Governance

Further information can be accessed at:

CSP Module release schedule - Details of user-identified technical issues being resolved in the latest releases and schedule of further fixes:

Reporting functionality live - Running reports on the status of your studies:

Making the CSP Module work for you - Details of a major new release of the CSP Module to incorporate improvements and new functionality:

Submissions to the CSP Module How to handle e-submissions and legacy submissions to the CSP Module:

Update from the CSP Helpdesk - Working through your issues and keeping you up to date on developments:


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