The primary aim of research is to derive new knowledge that can be generalised to a majority of people or cases, whereas, the aim of audit and service evaluation projects is to measure standards of care.
You will also need to determine whether your study will require ethics review from an NHS Research Ethics Committee. http://www.hra-decisiontools.org.uk/ethics/
If you would like advice from the research and development team, please contact us as early as possible. A member of the team will be allocated to discuss your project with you and provide advice.