CRC Research & Ethics

Clinical, social and organisational research impacts directly and indirectly on service users, their families and staff at all levels within the CRC. The CRC Research Ethics Committee (REC) requires all research to have clear aims and objectives that ultimately benefit service users, families or staff. The research must be aligned to the CRC’s  strategic objectives and be of benefit and value to local and national service development.

The CRC’s REC is responsible for the review and approval of research applications involving CRC service users and staff, promoting best practice and governance in research within the CRC. The REC ensures studies are conducted in an appropriate manner and have the best interests of all participants.

The CRC follows ethical guidelines,  which ensures any personal data processing meets the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 Ethical principles include the right of voluntary participation and withdrawal, informed consent, anonymity, confidentiality, and benefit/added value.

If you wish to engage in research in the CRC and are part of an academic or research institution you should contact the CRC Research Department about your research proposal at

How to apply for CRC Ethics Approval

Firstly please read the CRC Ethics Procedures

To obtain approval for a prospective research study, you must complete CRC’s Research Application form and the CRC privacy notice and submit them to CRC’s REC via email at

CRC Research & Ethics Application form

CRC Research Privacy Notice

CRC participant information leaflet template

CRC Research consent form template

In 2023, new applications will be reviewed five times per year. The deadline dates for all research submissions are outlined below:

  • 20th February 2024
  • 20rd April 2024
  • 23rd July 2024
  • 23rd September 2023
  • 20th November 2023

All applications will be reviewed and decided upon within 4-6 weeks of deadline submission dates.