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Letters NHS staff and research

Clinicians wanting to engage with research should join an ethics committee

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 07 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5018
  1. Simon E Kolstoe, senior lecturer and ethics committee chair
  1. School of Health Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 2UP, UK
  1. simon.kolstoe{at}

Maben and King discuss the opportunities and barriers for NHS staff wanting to take part in research.1 One positive aspect of the prolonged process required to gain grant funding and necessary project approval is that it forces potential researchers to be explicit about what they want to do, how they plan to do it, and whether their results are likely to be useful. Although this painful process …

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