HYMS is a partnership of several academic and NHS organisations, not a legal entity in its own right. So legal responsibility for the governance of our research rests with the HYMS partner organisations that are involved and named in research study documentation.
We have made specific arrangements so that the management and sponsorship of some studies can be shared between several organisations. This includes Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs).
There is a memorandum of understanding between the University of Hull and Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust. So, for research governance purposes and to adhere to UK clinical trial regulations, most studies by University of Hull staff which involve the Trust's facilities or patients are sponsored by the Trust. This includes all CTIMPS.
There is an agreement between the University of York and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This covers research collaboration and the use of services provided by North and East Yorkshire NHS Research and Development Unit, and it relates particularly to CTIMPs. Brief details of the arrangement can be found in the North and East Yorkshire R&D Alliance newsletter for November 2010.