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HRA Latest
May 2020
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Launch of online submission of amendments and amendments tool 

New public involvement service for COVID-19 studies

Become a pharmacy reviewer

Updated guidance for sponsors, sites and researchers

New online booking service for non-COVID studies

Volunteers' week 

Welcome to HRA Latest. This edition contains important updates about health and social care research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our fast-track review service for COVID-19 studies is being well used by applicants with the most urgent studies reviewed in as little as 24 hours after submission. Today we’re launching additional support for COVID-19 researchers in the form of a new public involvement matching service. The service, developed in partnership with the public involvement in research community, will put research teams in touch with public involvement networks and groups who can quickly contribute to COVID-19 studies.


COVID-19 studies are also being fast-tracked through Pharmacy Assurance. To support this process, we are looking for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who would like to register with us as a reviewer. The application process has been streamlined to enable new reviewers to join us quickly.

More widely we continue to review non-COVID research and are ready to support the restart of studies which have been paused during the pandemic. New guidance is published on our website today.


We also have some updates to share about our ongoing programme to improve services for applicants. The online submission of amendments and a new amendment tool will go live next week. We have also rolled out a new online booking service for non COVID-19 studies.

Please follow our Twitter account @HRA_Latest to keep up to date with latest updates and news.

Teresa Allen, Chief Executive

 

 


 
Launch of online submission of amendments and amendments tool
Online submission of amendments and a new amendment tool will go live across the UK on Tuesday 2 June 2020. These new processes for handling amendments are part of our ongoing programme to improve services for applicants.

We have published guidance and training videos to support you with this new process. 

 
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New public involvement service for COVID-19 studies
 
Last month our Director of Policy Juliet Tizzard set out our commitment to supporting robust public involvement in COVID-19 research, and why we think it’s so important. 

If you are applying for fast-track review for a COVID-19 research study, you can now request support from our Public Involvement matching service.
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Become a pharmacy reviewer
We are looking for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to become pharmacy reviewers.

To support the fast-track of COVID-19 applications through Pharmacy Assurance, we have sped up the process for applying to become a reviewer. 
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Updated guidance for sponsors, sites and researchers
We’ve updated our guidance for sponsors, sites and researchers who need to make changes to an existing study to manage the impact of COVID-19.

The latest version (released today) includes advice on re-opening studies or sites that have been paused, and reversing arrangements put in place during COVID-19. You can read the full version in the COVID-19 section of our website.
New online booking service for non-COVID studies 
 
We’ve rolled out a new online booking service – replacing the current Central Booking Service (CBS) telephone line – for non COVID-19 studies. Applicants submitting research projects through IRAS can now access the new online booking service which is quick and easy to use and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Applicants making contact about fast-track COVID-19 studies, should continue to follow our current guidance or email fast.track@hra.nhs.uk, DO NOT use the online booking service. Similarly, in this first stage of release, Combined Ways of Working (CWoW) applicants and phase I applicants, who currently make use of direct booking with a member of staff, should continue to use existing routes. 
Volunteers' Week
Next week is Volunteers' Week. We will be using our social media channels to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers, including members of our Research Ethics Committees and the Confidentiality Advisory Group. 

You can read about how Research Ethics Committees are supporting research during the COVID-19 pandemic in a blog by REC Chair Andy Hall. 


 
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