Research is work which aims to produce new knowledge. This knowledge should be available to all those who can benefit from it. Good research addresses important issues aimed at improving care and standards in our society.

Research and Development

The Northern Trust Research Department is part of the Medical Directorate based at Bush House on the Antrim Area Hospital site. We also have a clinical Research Suite based within our Medicines Optimization Innovation Centre (MOIC) in Antrim.

The role of the department is to support researchers to undertake high quality research and to provide research governance to ensure the interest of participants, researchers and the Trust are protected through the adherence of local and national regularity framework for research and development activity.  All research studies must have research governance approval before they can commence.

We work closely with researchers from Ulster University and Queens University, Belfast, as well as working in collaborative partnership with the Northern Ireland Clinical Network and the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Centre. We also work closely with HSC Innovations.

Ulster University
Queens University
Northern Ireland Clinical Network
Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Centre
HSC Innovations

Why carry out research in the Health Service?

Research and development is carried out in the Health Service for a variety of reasons such as: To test unproven treatments; and to measure how effective aspects of the health and social care services are

Research Governance

In 2007, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety introduced standards for research in health and social care in Northern Ireland with the aim of improving research quality and to safeguard the public.

All research undertaken in the Trust must comply with the Research Governance Framework.

HSC Research Governance Framework

Research and Development Office

The Research and Development Office provides information and advice to researchers on the research governance process in the Northern Trust. This includes gaining management approval and ethics approval for research projects. For more information on how they can help contact the Research and Development Office.

A Patient and Public Guide to partcipating in the Northern Trust is available to all staff to help them understand their responsibilities when undertaking research.

Guide to participating in research

Furthern information

Department of Health
Health Research Authority
Participation Identification Centres




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