Helen Moffatt-Adams, Fiona Bray

Research management

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Research management is the broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that ensures high quality research.

The Research & Innovation (R&I) department is responsible for ensuring that research across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) conforms to all necessary legal, regulatory and ethical requirements. The NCA is made up of Salford Care Organisation, North Manchester Care Organisation, Oldham Care Organisation and Rochdale & Bury Care Organisation.

All research which takes place across the NCA must receive Confirmation of Capacity and Capability (C&C) from the R&I department before the study can start at any of the Care Organisations.

All research studies led in England and Wales must be reviewed by the Health Research Authority (HRA). For more guidance on applying for HRA approval please click here.

The set up process for studies which are sponsored by either Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust or The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is supported by the Sponsorship & Compliance team.

For studies which are sponsored by an external organisation, The Research Management team reviews all studies in order to assess (C&C). Please contact the RM&S team as early as possible to discuss set-up requirements.

All commercial and non-commercial studies contacts:

Fiona Bray

Rowen Norton

For further guidance, please see below

RM responsibilities – who to contact


Determining whether a project is research

NCA RI project registration form April 2020

NCA RI project protocol template April 2020

CV Template

R&I finance responsibilities

FBMH MAHSC guidelines on addresses