DHSC updated statement on NIHR website regarding the introduction of a national process to prioritise COVID-19 research.

The NIHR website has been updated with a statement regarding the introduction of a national process to prioritise COVID-19 research. Please find the page here. Details on the process and the new single point of entry for prioritising COVID-19 studies can be found here

DHSC have issued an updated statement about the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR.

Please cascade this information to your networks.

The NIHR statement on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR has been updated. Until further notice, the NIHR Clinical Research Network is pausing the site set up of any new or ongoing studies at NHS and social care sites that are not nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies.  

You can find a link to the updated statement here.

The NIHR statement also includes a link to Q&A, which will be continually updated 


HRA guidance for sponsors, sites and researchers about COVID-19: 


The guidance provides details of expedited processes for studies which will investigate COVID-19 (i.e. new studies and/or amendments to existing studies); as well as how to handle any changes to existing studies which are necessary as a result of response to the pandemic (e.g. impact on NHS staffing, restrictions on movement of people, any changes to supply of IMP etc.)

COVID-19: guidance on health and social care research projects for educational purposes

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the HRA and devolved administration are prioritising the review of studies related to COVID-19. There is also significant pressure on the NHS/HSC, limiting its ability to participate in research studies unrelated to COVID-19.

We have therefore decided stop reviewing applications for individual undergraduate and master’s student projects from now until further notice.

Please see this new guidance which relates to health and social care research projects conducted by undergraduate and master’s students: https://www.hra.nhs.uk/planning-and-improving-research/research-planning/student-research/


Information Commissioners Office 

Data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know FAQs



The Royal College of Occupational Therapists 

Staying well when social distancing

Advice to support people who are undertaking social distancing and for families to support their children while schools are closed.


The Royal Colleges of Physicians

Clinical Academics and COVID-19 



Clinical trials applications for Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Managing clinical trials during Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Inspectorate blog: Advice for the management of Clinical trials in relation to coronavirus





Important COVID-19 information governance advice including a statement from the Information Commissioner. The advice sets out some of the tools that you can use to support individual care, share information and communicate with colleagues during this time. This includes communications tools where data is stored outside of the UK. 


Health & Care Research Wales:



National Research Scotland:



Resources Exchange:

We are sharing examples of local guidance and tools in practice in our Resources Exchange – you can key word search COVID-19

If you have anything to share that might help others please do upload them or send them in by email to info@rdforum.org.uk.

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