South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix


This area of the site aims to provide a comprehensive database of both national and local information which may assist in planning your research project.

Literature review

Bandolier - Provides a summary of the best evidence-based medicine available for many topics.

Free Medical Journals - This site provides free access to some common medical journals.

Trial design

Department of Health - Latest Research Governance initiatives.

Clinical Trial Toolkit - This NIHR sponsored website provides a step-by-step guide to planning your clinical trial.

EudraLex Volume 10 - Covers the legislation, guidance and good practice that relates to the conduct of clinical trials of medicinal products for human use in the EU.

MHRA Good Clinical Practice guidelines - Covers the legislation, guidance and good practice that relates to the conduct of clinical trials of medicinal products for human use in the UK.

International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines

Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) - This is a single system for applying for the permissions and approvals required for health care research in the UK. It includes data required by:

  • Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC)
  • Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC)
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Ministry of Justice
  • NHS / HSC R&D offices
  • NRES/ NHS / HSC Research Ethics Committees
  • National Information Governance Board (NIGB)
  • National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
  • Social Care Research Ethics Committee

PenCLAHRC - The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Standard Operating Procedure for Research & Development


The Research & Development Department at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth runs a Statistics clinic every Tuesday.
This can be booked by emailing Paul Ingram.

Improving Medical Statistics - This website highlights some of the potential pitfalls that can await the unwary researcher.


Health Research Authority (HRA) - Established in December 2011, the HRA works with the MHRA & NIHR to create a unified approval process for research.

National Research Ethics Service - Much of the web content will be migrating to the HRA website as part of the unified research application process.


Residential Research Retreat - A 5 day residential course sponsored by the NIHR which is designed to improve your research application to attract national funding. Apply soon because the application deadline is 31st January 2013.

National Institute for Health Research

National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland

South West Peninsula Deanery

Designing patient information leaflets

NCCN Informed Consent Language (ICL) database - This is a comprehensive resource to assist writing and amending informed consent forms for study participants.