The Chief Investigator has overall responsibility for the research, and leads the team. They lead the design of the study, secure funding, obtain ethical and governance approvals, and oversee data collection, analysis and write up.
The HRA define the PI as “An individual responsible for the conduct of the research at a research site. There should be one PI for each research site. In the case of a single-site study, the chief investigator and the PI will normally be the same person.”
Research audiologists are a relatively new role within the NHS. They typically work within the CRN or BRCs, and are involved in delivery of ENT and Audiology related studies. Their responsibilities include inviting patients to join research, providing audiological care, undertaking hearing or balance related study procedures, collecting study data, adhering to protocol, ensuring data quality, and maintaining accurate records of study related activities.
Research nurses work within the CRN or BRCs, and are involved in delivery of most types of clinical research. Research midwives work in maternity research. Their responsibilities are similar to research audiologists, but their remit is specific to the specialty area they work in, and they are able to conduct clinical assessments and measurements, such as physical examinations, vital signs monitoring, and collection of biological samples.
The HRA define a sponsor as “The organisation or partnership that takes on overall responsibility for proportionate, effective arrangements being in place to set up, run and report a research project. All health and social care research should have a sponsor. This includes all research that involve NHS patients, their tissue or information”