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Ethical approval and being a virtuous social work researcher. The experience of multi-site research in UK health and social care: An approved mental health professional case study

Stone, Kevin; Vicary, Sarah; Scott, Charlotte; Buckland, Rosie

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Authors

Kevin Stone Kevin2.Stone@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Lecturer HAS HSS USLW0001

Sarah Vicary

Charlotte Scott

Rosie Buckland



Abstract

Seeking ethical approval and conducting research in an ethical manner are necessary components of research with human participants. Using the experiences of four individual studies undertaken separately into the same role, that of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), this article critically examines the challenges encountered in seeking ethical approval for multi-site research in health and social care settings. Issues arising from the experience of doing so are discussed: these are systemic and procedural, or barriers encountered using the integrated approach of the National Research Ethics Service. We discuss the lessons learned and argue that seeking ethical approval in multi-site research is currently a static construct involving the satisfying of what are in effect closed systemic and procedural requirements. We suggest that being a virtuous social work researcher, which we explore in the context of contemporary debates in social sciences, should instead afford open-ended integrity whereby the ‘permission’ granted is constantly revisited by the researcher or, in other words, that the integrated approach should allow being a virtuous researcher. We suggest that this cyclical activity has particular resonance for those researchers who are, simultaneously, health and social care practitioners. The article adds to the literature on ethics, conduct and integrity in health and social care.

Citation

Stone, K., Vicary, S., Scott, C., & Buckland, R. (2020). Ethical approval and being a virtuous social work researcher. The experience of multi-site research in UK health and social care: An approved mental health professional case study. Ethics and Social Welfare, 14(2), 156-171. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2019.1694694

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 13, 2019
Publication Date 2020-05
Deposit Date Nov 12, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 14, 2020
Journal Ethics and Social Welfare
Print ISSN 1749-6535
Electronic ISSN 1749-6543
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 156-171
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2019.1694694
Keywords Ethics, Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), governance, multi-site
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/4560667
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17496535.2019.1694694

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethics and Social Welfare on 13/12/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17496535.2019.1694694.





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