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Contacting NHS R&D Offices

The sections for NHS Trusts/ Acute Organisations and Primary Care Organisations below provide contact details for obtaining NHS R&D approval for research. Clicking on the organisation will take you to a page with R&D contact information for that organisation. NHS or academic staff requiring contact details for many NHS organisations to apply for permission for research can obtain a copy of the database in Excel by emailing

If you are not sure which organisation a GP practice or hospital belongs to, check the NHS website.

If the R&D department contact details for your organisation are not on our website yet or are out of date, then please send contact to request a username and password.

We are trying to get this information as complete and accurate as possible but cannot guarantee this yet. We rely on NHS R&D offices to keep these details up to date.

Links to contact details:

Trusts and Acute Organisations

Primary Care Organisations

England - NIHR CSP:
For information about the National Institute for Health Research Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permissions (NIHR CSP) see here.
Comprehensive Local Research Networks in England


For all multicentre studies, contact the NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre.

NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre
(NRS Permissions CC)
Research & Development Office
Foresterhill House Annexe
AB25 2ZB
Tel: 01224 552690

For Scottish Health Board R&D contacts, please click here.

Pan-London PCT research governance network:
If you are conducting research across more that one PCT in London you only need to contact one of the R&D leads before submitting your application form. London PCTs are now linked as a network to substantially reduce duplication and speed up the approval process - download information.


The NISCHR Permissions Co-ordinating Process (PCP) was introduced on 4 July 2011 for all research being undertaken in NHS Wales. 

Applications for NHS research permission for all research studies being undertaken in NHS Wales should be submitted to NISCHR Permissions Co-ordinating Unit. 

Further information can be found at: NISCHR Permissions Co-ordinating Process (PCP)

You can also contact:

NISCHR Permissions Co-ordinating Unit
Powys teaching Health Board
Room 12, Monnow Ward
Bronllys Hospital
Bronllys, Brecon
Powys, LD3 0LS

Tel: 01874 712450




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