Explore the training opportunities available:
Good Clinical Practice training
GCP is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which all clinical research is conducted. By undertaking GCP, you’re able to demonstrate the rights, safety and well-being of your research participants are protected, and that the data collected are reliable.
GCP training should be refreshed every 2 years in line with our training policy, which you can read here. Local GCP training is provided by Suzy Wignall, Clinical Governance Advisor on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), in collaboration with NHS partners and the NIHR Wessex Clinical Research Network.
Please note that as a result of COVID-19, courses are still being provided online via Zoom.
- Introduction to Good Clinical Practice - please email Clinical Research to express interest in booking onto a session.
Online GCP training
You can undertake the training online by registering for an account here. On this website you can find full GCP e-learning, GCP refresher e-learning and also training surrounding areas such as informed consent in adults lacking capacity.
Please note, refresher sessions and the online refresher training are only available to those that have undertaken the Introduction to Good Clinical Practice course or e-learning, within the last 2 years.
If you’re interested in attending GCP training, please email Clinical Research to find out how to book onto a session.
Other local training opportunities
NIHR CRN* Informed Consent training - dates are available for online and face-to-face sessions.
Visit the NIHR Learn website to book onto one of these sessions.
*National Institute for Health and Care Research Clinical Research Network
- Locally-run Valid Informed Consent training – contact Clinical Research for further information and to schedule a time that suits you.
Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework (RKEDF)
As part of the RKEDF Academics and Researchers can book onto the following sessions, either as a one-to-one meeting or a bespoke team session:
- Clinical Research – documentation and filing
- NHS site set-up of research and overview of approval process
- Good Clinical Practice ‘Lite’
- Overview of NIHR, CRNs and NIHR portfolio
If you are a Postgraduate Research Student, there is also a Clinical Governance workshop as part of the Researcher Development Programme.
There are also free online modules surrounding areas such as consent with adults lacking capacity, and the Good Clinical Practice e-learning modules, via the NIHR Learn website;
Similarly, the Health Research Authority offer free e-learning;
The Medical Research Council offer e-learning modules via their Learning Management System. e-learning courses include:
- Good Research Practice
- Research, GDPR and Confidentiality
- Research and human tissue legislation
All courses are free to access – all you need to do is set up an account and make a start!
NHS Digital offer free e-learning for healthcare as part of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. All you need to do is register - https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Register
The system holds a wide and varied catalogue of modules across a range of health conditions as well as modules on areas such as complaints handling, healthcare students, the Mental Capacity Act and data security awareness.