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The Joint Research Management Office (JRMO) helps researchers with the collection and collation of documents.

This includes:

  • Obtaining application forms, or access to application websites for the National Research Ethics Service (NRES), Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), National Institute for Health Research Portfolio, Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (CSP), Patient Information Advisory Group (PIAG) and other bodies.
  • Support with applications, for example form of indemnity for clinical trials, Barts Health and Queen Mary, University of London indemnities etc.
  • Assistance with ethics applications.
  • Assistance with Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency applications.

Health Research Authority

Research approval by the Health Research Authority (HRA) is being introduced for health and social care related research in England. This will affect how research governance approval works locally. For more information on HRA-related activity at the JRMO please see our dedicated webpage.

Quality control

We are committed to maintaining high-quality research. We have initiated across-the-board quality control measures and, through the JRMO, will continue to develop a comprehensive range of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The JRMO will have a key role to play in developing quality control procedures in the future. This will include:

  • Project review at local level, including a peer review operational policy
  • Ethical review and support, prior to submission to the integrated research application system, to identify any clarification issues or areas that might delay or prevent final approval
  • Central monitoring of approved research protocols, including risk assessment and periodic project review
  • Annual review of organisational systems for research governance
  • Compliance, in association with Healthcare Commission quality standards assessment
  • Essential documentation lists for investigators, pharmacy and research and development offices, and an investigator self-assessment audit tool for essential documents and approval validation
  • Quality control audits on a risk outcome, voluntary or triggered basis, to meet the needs of the service and regulatory requirements
  • Project outcome monitoring
  • Training in research governance, ethics procedures and good clinical practice for all research active staff and their support staff, and
  • Determination of suitable vehicle for ethical evaluation – Queen Mary research ethics or integrated research application system.

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