This page forms part of the RCN Research Society historical initiatives, and is preserved as a historical record for reference purposes only. Some information contained within it may no longer be accurate or up-to-date.

Informed consent

The RCN publication “Informed consent in health and social care research: RCN Guidance for nurses” (publication code 002 267) is in line with current information available to the RCN Research Society.

RCN Informed Consent Guidance (PDF, 1.4MB)


A bibliography (PDF, 77KB) associated with the RCN Informed Consent guidance is available

Recent guidance from other sources

Pick A et al (2013), Informed consent in clinical research. Nursing Standard. Vol 27, No. 49, pp44-47

Scottish Children's Research Network (2012), "Guidance: Obtaining informed consent for clinical research in children and young people under 16 in Scotland".

General Medical Council (2010), "Good practice in research and consent to research". The GMC guidance on consent to research provides a detailed overview of informed consent in research and includes a section on research involving children or young people.

Clinical Trials in Children and Young People. Youthhealthtalk is an online resource which enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general.


Teaching guide - 2011

Sue Allen, research nurse at the Primary Care Research Network, East of England (PCRN EoE), devised and implemented a DVD on informed consent on research. The RCN is pleased to publish an online version of this excellent teaching resource, to sit alongside the RCN publication on informed consent.

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With thanks to: Sue Allen PCRN research nurse – development , direction and script; Cassi Duffin, City College, Norwich – production and pre –production; Teele Killing, City College, Norwich – post production, editing and artwork; Heather Leishman – PCRN co-ordinator – actor; Libby Aitchison – lecturer CCN – actor; Isabel Schoppe – film voiceover. Primary Care Research Network, East of England (PCRn EoE); National Institute of Health Research (NIHR); NHS Norfolk and Waveney – Research and Development (R&D); City College, Norwich (CCN); Norfolk and Suffolk Comprehensive Local Research Network ( N&SCLRN); Innovations East



This page was last reviewed in 2013