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NHS GG&C Research and Development


The Research & Development service in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde operates to support researchers in the NHS and academia. It has multiple roles including offering consultancy and advice, providing Management Approval and aiding in the achievement of a successful conclusion to research projects. Our goal is to release the potential to world class clinical studies across the region, and to play our part in enabling Scotland to grow as an internationally competitive location for medical research.

The R&D management office acts as a catalyst for discovery and innovation within NHS GG&C. We have a ‘can-do’ attitude, striving to support both experienced and new researchers in the design and execution of high quality research studies and ensure compliance to all regulatory requirements.

As the busiest R&D office in Scotland, we received in excess of 690 new research applications in 2019 and have approximately 1000 studies ongoing at any one time. To ensure consistency of contact, and to help develop an in-depth understanding of therapy area-specific research projects, the NHS GG&C R&D Management office has adopted a ‘portfolio-team’ structure. The portfolio teams form the functional core of R&D and are comprised of Research Co-ordinators, Research Facilitators, Co-ordinator’s Assistants and clerical support staff.


 Clinical Innovation Strategy

The 5 core objectives of the Research, Development & Clinical Innovation Strategy are to:

  1. Deliver high quality research which will directly impact on and improve patient care to a high level of operational fidelity

  2. Fully embed a research and innovation culture within NHS GG&C

  3. Promote patient/public engagement and participation in translational and clinical research

  4. Optimise our use of informatics to support all domains of our research programmes

  5. Actively support innovation and early adoption (or early rejection) of novel medicines, devices and new models of service delivery throughout NHS GG&C

The NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Research, Development & Clinical Innovation Strategy document is available here.