Research Governance Training (GCP)

A key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research is Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. GCP is the ethical and scientific standard to which all clinical research is conducted. Its’ two main aims is to protect participant’s in research studies and to ensure the collection of high quality data. GCP training is mandatory for research staff.

To book on local face-to-face GCP training courses or on-line GCP training first create a new account on the NIHR CRN Learn system Use your work email address and respond back to the verification email you will receive to activate your account. Any problems at this stage, please contact CRN Service Desk on 0207 333 5894.

For face-to-face course bookings, please select ‘GCP face-to-face workshops, and other Local Learning’, followed by ‘CRN South West Peninsular’, followed by ‘GCP’.

For online eGCP, please select ‘Good Clinical Practice (GCP) e-learning’.

At present, we recommend that research staff who are new to clinical research complete either the face-to-face Introduction to GCP training course or the GCP e-learning course, and then the refresh GCP training approximately every 2 years by completing either a face-to-face GCP refresher course or the GCP e-learning course.

Once the course is completed please send a copy of your certificate and an up to date signed CV the R&D office

Understanding evidence

At PenCLAHRC we believe that better, cheaper and safer health care can be provided by making decisions that are based on evidence.


Many of us are busy meaning that accessing, interpreting and implementing evidence is difficult. high quality critical appraisal skills workshops. It will help you identify the information gems amongst the information deluge to which we are all subjected. Please register online by visiting our website, here. If you can’t attend this time, there are others available around the region, or contact to be kept up to date.


If you have been on a workshop and thought it was useful, could you recommend it to a colleague or trainee? Open to all doctors, allied health professionals, managers, or anyone else working in healthcare and interested in improving their critical thinking, we are happy to discuss the possibility of bespoke training with individual departments.

NIHR Committee Membership Opportunities

Membership of an NIHR Committee involves detailed review of research briefs, applications and other papers, as well as online preparation in advance of attendance at meetings, which are usually held in London. The current list of membership calls for  National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) committees.

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