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It is essential that the board of trustees is able to keep up to date with the progress of all research projects funded or supported by the trust. There is a need to ensure that research teams are abiding by their research proposal, keep to schedule, staying within budget, and adhering to ethical standards.

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Steering group

The trustees have set up Steering Committee consisting of both health professionals and volunteers. The former group currently comprises four allied health professionals, all of whom are research active. This group will meet periodically to review new applications for research funding/support, appraise ongoing research projects, and discuss feedback with mentors. The current plan is to meet every three months, on a fixed date, but given that this is a new charity, and with all the uncertainty regarding Covid_19, the exact meeting schedule will be confirmed at a later date.

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NHS ethical approval

All research projects will be subject to an internal ethics review. Furthermore, the board of trustees require that all research projects are first approved by an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC), unless exempt. Not all research projects require NHS ethical approval. Researchers will need to demonstrate that their project is exempt using the NHS REC review decision tool.

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All research projects will be overseen by a mentor, who is a member of the Steering Group. The mentor will be required to confer periodically with the research team they are mentoring, in order to review progress and report back to the appropriate charity Steering Committee.

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Lebe Trust is a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales (1190779). A charitable incorporated organisation. A member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCV0 member ID: MEMBER/26810). Merseyside Liverpool.

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