Research governance

All health research studies taking place in the NHS in England must meet the principles of good practice detailed in the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

Our Research Governance team are available to advise and support researchers in applying for grant funding, obtaining research sponsorship, and applying for regulatory approvals.

The Research Governance team will assess and confirm capacity and capability for a research study to commence at Sussex Partnership sites, and will monitor studies to ensure research activity continues to be safe, compliant, and well-managed.

Please get in touch to discuss your research project by contacting the team at:

For studies developed within Brighton and Sussex, the Research Governance Team work in unison with the Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office (JCRO) to offer practical help and support through the lifetime of clinical research projects. For more information about the JCRO, visit their website here 


From November 2020 all studies taking place within the NHS that are developed by one of the following organisations: University of Sussex, University of Brighton, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, will be reviewed by the Pre-Sponsorship Review Panel (PSRP).

The PSRP will provide feedback and advice to researchers to meet the quality and safety criteria expected by Sponsoring organisations. The Panel will then make recommendations of each application for sponsorship to the Sponsoring organisation. 

For more information about the PSRP submission and review process see here or contact

Sussex Partnership's Sponsorship Committee meet every six weeks to review and approve recommendations for sponsorship, and to monitor active, sponsored research projects. 


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Research and Development Policies and Prodecures

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) expects that all organisations intending to sponsor or participate in research have a Research and Development Operational Capability Statement. This statement provides a board-level operational framework, which empowers a Research and Development Office to undertake the management of research within the organisation.

In order to ensure good research practice, all research conducted within the Trust should comply with our Research Policy.

You can find our privacy statement and performance data below. Please also have a look at our Research Guidance page. 

The NIHRh requires NHS Trusts to publish quarterly information on the initiation and delivery of clinical trials. Please see the tabs below for the quarterly information for each year.