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Regional Working

The major research Boards across Scotland - North (NHS Grampian), East (NHS Tayside), South (NHS Lothian) and West (NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde) - play a leading role in supporting the delivery of research and R&D Directors from these Health Boards form part of the NRS Strategy Board providing regional expertise and an in-depth view of research activity across Scotland.

Together with the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) they work to develop common, simplified systems to support both non-commercial and commercial patient-orientated research and support implementation of national processes across all Health Boards in Scotland.

Each Board facilitates and supports ethical and safe medical research for both the academic and pharmaceutical communities. Services are provided to:

  • academic and NHS researchers
  • pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies
  • device companies
  • clinical research organisations.

Researchers and partners are supported throughout the clinical trial process with a range of regional services designed to ensure scientific integrity, fast approvals, effective governance, proactive project management and robust data management and reporting processes.