Any research project that involves recruitment of NHS patients, staff, premises, resources (pharmacy, radiology or laboratories) or data/tissue in England must go through the HRA approval process.
HRA approval brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance with the independent opinion provided through the NHS Research Ethics Committee (NHS REC). More information about the HRA approval is available on the HRA website and on the MRC website.
Additionally you will need to work with the NHS Trust R&D office(s) to confirm local capacity and capability to carry out your project at NHS site(s). If your lead site is the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, please contact the OUH R&D department for further information and advice.