The The UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research outlines the principles of good governance for all research within the remit of the Secretary of State for Health.

This includes clinical and non-clinical research that is:

  1. concerned with the protection and promotion of public health
  2. undertaken by or taking place within the Department of Health; it's non-departmental Public Bodies and the NHS 
  3. undertaken by or taking place within social care agencies

If you are involved in research in this area you must be aware of and comply with the framework. 

The RGF was first published in 2001 and re-issued in April 2005. The 2005 edition incorporates requirements of Clinical Trials Regulations that came into effect in 2004, the Human Tissue Act 2004 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The RGF has been replaced by UK Policy framework for Health and Social Care Research in 2017.

A number of different individuals and organisations are involved in health and social care research, including:

  • Research workers
  • Universities
  • Students and their supervisors
  • Research Ethics Committees
  • Charities
  • Research Councils
  • Health and social care organisations and their employees
  • Local authorities
  • Pharmaceutical and other industries

Achieving quality health and social care research depends on co-operation between all these parties. It is also important for each party to follow the standards of good practice set out in the UK Policy framework for Health and Social Care Research.