Scotland operates a centralised system to support clinical research in Scotland and improve quality, efficiency and co-ordination. Working on a pan-Scotland basis a responsive infrastructure has been implemented to encourage researchers to bring studies to Scotland and ensure that obtaining R&D permission is a smooth and rapid process. This centralised system offers several advantages:
- Single submission of documents
- Co-ordinated access to clinical investigators and patients
- Co-ordinated contract and budget review
- Co-ordinated study-level pharmacy review
- Model clinical trial agreements
- Single costing for all studies using NIHR costing tool to reflect protocol requirements
- Centralised project co-ordination
- Efficient and prompt approval for study start up
- National oversight via clinical networks
- Performance management
- Strong communication.
Scotland is also supporting a new programme of work to ensure compatible and consistent ways of working across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland further developing the UK as a cohesive and streamlined place to undertake research within the global economy.