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Welcome to the NHS Highland Research and Development Website.

It is well recognised that a research active health service promotes the highest standards of care for its patients and the general population. NHS Highland is committed to providing equity of access to health research for the Highland community, promoting NHS Highland as a research active organisation, recruiting and retaining high quality staff who can develop their research interests; and recognising and promoting the ‘knowledge economy’ in the Highland area. Further details of these policies are outlined in the Research and Development Strategy.

In these pages you will find information on research policies, procedures, ethics and governance relating to both non-commercial and commercial research taking place within NHS Highland. You will also find contact details for the Research and Development Office, whose function is to support and facilitate health related research in the organisation, while ensuring that all regulatory standards are met. The Office also coordinates a training programme for novice and more advanced researchers, details available on this site. Office staff will be pleased to help with any queries. If you are considering undertaking research, we encourage you to contact the office at the earliest possible opportunity.