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The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust R&D Department is part of the Corporate Directorate. We are based in the Joint Research Office, Block 60, Churchill Hospital.

The role of the department is to support and facilitate researchers to undertake high quality research, and to provide research governance to ensure the interests of participants, researchers and the Trust are protected through adherence to the local and national regulatory frameworks. We work closely with researchers from Oxford University and the Oxford University Clinical Trials and Research Governance team. Learn more about The Role of the R&D Department.

Public Information

Information for the general public about research taking place at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Donating surplus tissue and body fluids to medical research, education and audit

Oxford Research Network

Next Forum

Tuesday 10th June 2014

1-2 pm

OCDEM Lecture Theatre, Churchill Hospital

Molecular Pathology Services

Divijia Jatavallabhula, ORB


Bodleian Health Care Libraries - A day in the life of the Outreach Team

Nia Roberts - Outreach Librarian

Owen Coxall - Collections Manager


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Researchers Information

Information for researchers working in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust including guidance for Research Applicants on starting a new study.


Policies and Templates

Trust Policies
Template Downloads

Useful Links

Thames Valley CLRN

Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)

National Research Ethics Service (NRES)

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Oxford University Clincial Trials and Research Governance team (CTRG)

NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre

Pharmacovigilance and Safety Reporting

R&D Department Contacts

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training

NHS R & D Forum

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From January 1st 2014 research projects requiring a formal contract between the research parties that do not use an un-modified template as recommended by the department of health will not be accepted for review for trust approval until the contract is fully executed (signed by all parties).

Click link for more details: CONTRACT FLOW CHART



The Joint research office offers bi-monthly drop-in sessions for researchers requiring advice and support regarding their research study including guidance on:

Sponsorship process, Ethics applications, Research vs. audit/service evaluation, IRAS system, Regulatory approvals, NHS permission (trust approval)

We can also put you in touch with the relevant contacts for Research Grants, contracts and agreements, BRC, intellectual property, and business development.

The sessions will be informal with no need to book a space – just turn up! Representatives from the NHS R&D and University CTRG Teams will be on hand to help with your queries. We will also have input from a Chair of one of the Oxford Research Ethics Committees.

For further information or any queries, please contact: Rahman Ahmed - Research Governance Administrator on 01865 572974 or

All sessions start at 12.30pm for one hour and will be held in the meeting room of the Joint Research Office at The Churchill Hospital.

Dates for 2014

Thursday 29th May

Thursday 5th June

Monday 30th June

Thursday 3rd July

Monday 28th July

Thursday 7th August

Monday 18th August

Thursday 4th September

Monday 29th September

Thursday 2nd October

Monday 27th October

Thursday 6th November

Monday 24th November

Thursday 4th December

Thursday 18th December


From Monday 25th November 2013, the PI’s signature will be required for a valid research application submission to be accepted. This is the first of a series of changes in the next few months to improve study set-up times.

Delivery of Clinical Research – How will this affect my funding?

There is a national requirement to report on key metrics:

    • Time taken to set up a trial
    • Time take to recruit the first patient
    • Recruitment to time and target

If you’d like to know more about how this affects you, we are happy to come to talk to you! Contact


20 February 2013

Important changes to SSI form requirements. Click SSI Form Changes for link.