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Research Ethics Structure in Scotland

The Research Ethics Service in Scotland is part of the UK-wide national service aimed at facilitating research. The service is supported by the CSO and the National Research Ethics Service (NRES).

NRES has a duel mission: to protect the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of researcher participants and to facilitate ethical research which is of potential benefit to participants, science and society. NRES does this by:

  • Providing robust and responsive ethical review of research by Research Ethics Committees (RECs);
  • Providing ethical guidance and management support to RECs;
  • Delivering a quality assurance (QA) framework for the research ethics service;
  • Delivering a training programme
  • Working with colleagues in the wider regulatory environment to streamline the processes for approving research;
  • Promoting and supporting transparency in research

Structure

There are currently 11 Research Ethics Committee (REC) structures in Scotland covering 4 Regions:

  • The North of Scotland (NoSRES) – 2 RECs
  • South East Scotland (SERES) – 3 RECs
  • East of Scotland (EoSRES) – 2 RECs
  • West of Scotland (WoSRES) – 4 RECs

Governance of the RECs is provided by the NHS Health Board, the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) and the United Kingdom Ethics Committee Authority (UKECA).

Each region also supports a Sub Committee for each REC as well as Proportionate Review Sub Committees (PRSC)

Working closely with the NHS and each Health Board partner University, the Service is heavily involved in providing advice and supporting researchers, novice and experienced throughout their research career. Services available include:

  • Research Clinics
  • Telephone advice
  • One to one advice
  • Workshops
  • Training
  • Study days – National/local
  • Generic email helpline

In addition to research studies requiring full ethical review by an NHS REC, each Regional REC Centre provides advice on projects which could be deemed as clinical audit, service development/evaluation, surveillance and usual practice (Public Health).  Advice is given in a formal letter which aims to satisfy journal editors that your project has ethical consideration if you wish to publish your results at any time in the future.

Key Contacts

North of Scotland Research Ethics Service

North of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 1
Chair: Professor Helen Galley
Manager / Scientific Officer: Sally Kilburn
Co-ordinator: Carol Irvine
Assistant Co-ordinator: Sarah Lorrick
Ethics Administrator: Karen Gauld
NHS Grampian
Summerfield House
2 Eday Road
Aberdeen
AB15 6RE

Tel: 01224 58458
nosres@nhs.net

 

North of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 2
Chair: Mr Gary Cooper
Manager / Scientific Officer: Sally Kilburn
Co-ordinator/Acting Scientific Officer:  Carol Irvine
Assistant co-ordinator: Sarah Lorrick
Ethics Administrator:  Karen Gauld
NHS Grampian
Summerfield House
2 Eday Road
Aberdeen
AB15 6RE

Tel: 01224 58458
nosres@nhs.net

    

South East Scotland Research Ethics Service

Manager/Scientific Officer                                   
Currently vacant

South East Scotland Research Ethics Committee 1
Chair: Dr Janet Andrew
Co-ordinator: Sandra Wylie
NHS Lothian
Waverley Gate
2 - 4 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh
EH1 3EG
Tel: 0131 465 5679
Email: sandra.wyllie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

 

South East Scotland Research Ethics Committee 2
Chair: Ms Jo Mair
Co-ordinator:  Joyce Clearie
NHS Lothian
Waverley Gate
2 - 4 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh
EH1 3EG
Tel: 0131 465 5674
Email: joyce.clearie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

 

South East Scotland Research Ethics Committee 3
Chair: Dr Ian Zealley
Co-ordinator: Manx Neill
Amendments Co-ordinator: Chloe Eves
NHS Lothian
Waverley Gate
2 - 4 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh
EH1 3EG
Tel: 0131 465 5680
Email: manx.neill@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

East of Scotland Research Ethics Service

Manager/Scientific Officer
Caroline Ackland
NHS Tayside
East of Scotland Research Ethics Service
Tayside Academic Health Sciences Centre
Residency Block
Level 3
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
DUNDEE
DD1 9SY
Eosres.tayside@nhs.net
Tel: 01382 383848

 

East of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 1
Chair:  Dr Robert Rea
Senior Co-ordinator:  Lorraine Reilly
NHS Tayside
East of Scotland Research Ethics Service
Tayside Academic Health Sciences Centre
Residency Block
Level 3
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
DUNDEE
DD1 9SY
Eosres.tayside@nhs.net
Assistant Co-ordinator: Diane Leonard 
Tel: 01382 383871
Assistant Co-ordinator: Arlene Grubb   
Tel: 01382 383848

 

 

East of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 2
Chair:  Dr Roberta Littleford
Senior Co-ordinator:  Lorraine Reilly
NHS Tayside
East of Scotland Research Ethics Service
Tayside Academic Health Sciences Centre
Residency Block
Level 3
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
DUNDEE
DD1 9SY
Eosres.tayside@nhs.net
Assistant Co-ordinator: Diane Leonard  
Tel:  01382 383871
Assistant Co-ordinator: Arlene Grubb    
Tel:  01382 383848

 

 

West of Scotland Research Ethics Service

West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 1
Chair : Dr Malcolm Booth
Scientific Officer : Dr Judith Godden
Coordinator : Kirsty Burt
Assistant Coordinator : Abibat Adewumi
Ground Floor
Tennent Building
Western Infirmary
38 Church Street
Glasgow
G11 6NT

wosrec1@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 3
Chair : Dr Adam Burnel
Scientific Officer : Dr Judith Godden
Coordinator : Liz Jamieson
Assistant Coordinator : Rose Gallacher
Ground Floor
Tennent Building
Western Infirmary
38 Church Street
Glasgow
G11 6NT

wosrec3@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 4
Chair :  Dr Brian Neilly
Scientific Officer : Dr Judith Godden
Coordinator : Evelyn Jackson
Assistant Coordinator :
Ground Floor
Tennent Building
Western Infirmary
38 Church Street
Glasgow
G11 6NT

wosrec4@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 5
Chair :  Dr Stewart Campbell
Scientific Officer : Dr Judith Godden
Coordinator : Sharon Macgregor
Assistant Coordinator : Rose Gallacher
Ground Floor
Tennent Building
Western Infirmary
38 Church Street
Glasgow
G11 6NT

wosrec5@ggc.scot.nhs.uk