COVID-19 Planning and Guidance for Clinical Research

COVID-19 Planning and Guidance for Clinical Research

ACCORD COVID-19 Clinical Research Plan and Guidance
Click here for specific guidance around how to manage clinical research

Click here for FAQs

Please note: detail regarding notifications to the MHRA and REC for temporary halts in FAQs v2.0 does not match detail in Clinical Research Plan and Guidance v2.0. This is due to new advice received from the MHRA but not yet clarified with the HRA for REC submissions. We are endeavouring to clarify this and will update the guidance when a final position is reached. FAQs will be updated more frequently.

Message from Prof Tim Walsh:

Dear Colleagues

We are aware that the COVID19 pandemic offers many opportunities for new research. We are receiving increasing numbers of ideas for research in a range of patient groups and settings.

We will review these in ACCORD and prioritise activity based on a transparent process that takes into account issues including:

  • priority from UK/Scottish government (a range of studies and trials are already set up or in process)
  • direct relevance to clinical management of COVID patients and NHS management/organisation in relation to the pandemic
  • logistic issues especially coordinating the use of likely limited research staff within Lothian
  • simplicity/feasibility of set up and protocol
  • funding sources

At present ACCORD is very busy. Please can I ask individuals to send any proposal summaries, ideally as a short research proposal (2-3 pages) as if for a grant application, to the dedicated COVID e mail:

Please do NOT phone ACCORD or ask for a meeting until we have reviewed proposals. I will try to do this personally as quickly as feasible. Please do not send repeated requests for review once you have made initial contact.

Thank you for your collaboration on this.

Best wishes
Tim Walsh
Director of Research & Innovation, NHS Lothian

Useful links:

MHRA Blog 

HRA: Guidance for sponsors, sites and researchers

HRA: Guidance on health and social care research projects for educational research (HRA now stopped reviewing applications for individual undergraduate and masters student projects from now until further notice)

UKRI Statement