We believe that learning should not be limited to courses, classrooms and workshops. Our learning culture involves staff who are willing to teach and learn from each other. We encourage the sharing and learning of knowledge and good practices between staff informally, easily and frequently.
Our mission statement: “We influence, engage and develop a skilled workforce to deliver high quality health & social care research.”
NIHR Learn and how to access it
NIHR Learn aims to develop your knowledge of clinical research and support your work. You can access the platform if you are employed by the NIHR, NHS, a UK university or other UK publicly funded organisation conducting and supporting clinical research.
You’ll find many opportunities to develop your skills using NIHR Learn, including:
- Increasing Participation of Ethnic Minorities in Health and Social Care Research
- Introduction To Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
- Introduction to GCP – IMP Management
- Understanding the Difference Between Clinical Health Research, Social Care Research and Public Health Research
NIHR Learn Insights
This interactive resource pulls together the latest content on NIHR Learn. You’ll find tools and resources to identify and provide solutions to your learning and development needs.
Take a look: NIHR Learn Insights
Research skills training from the CRN North West London
We offer a number of training opportunities to the research community in our region, including:
- Attributing the costs of health and social care Research and Development (AcoRD)
- Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Consolidation Sessions
- Introduction to Informed Consent
- Next Steps in Clinical Research online
- SoECAT and Excess Treatment Cost Management
- Training and Facilitation Skills
Training delivered by the Network can be booked via NIHR Learn, but booking is not open throughout the year. Find current scheduled training dates on the CRN North West London website.
Visit the CRN North West London page on NIHR Learn for more details about our training.
Research Mentor Directory – for London and the South East
The Research Mentor Directory aims to connect mentors and mentees working in health and care research across London and the South East.
It’s available to anyone involved in health and care research associated with the CRNs in:
- North West London
- North Thames
- South London
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Professional and confidential mentoring relationships can be formed from anywhere within these regions.
Become a mentor
A mentor is someone who supports the development of another by giving advice and guidance based on their experience and expertise. Good mentors are increasingly valuable in research.
Benefits of becoming a mentor:
- You’ll be supporting researchers of the future
- Supporting high quality research
- Sharing your knowledge and skills to grow local research talent
Become a mentee
Building a relationship with a mentor is a great way to think about your career development. It has many advantages:
- Building resilience
- Improving performance
- Obtaining a new perspective
- Improving relationships
- Preparation for difficult conversations
- Enhancing self awareness
- Supporting career development and staff retention
Sign up: Research Mentor Directory
Become a registered CRP
The skills and knowledge of Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) plays an important role in the delivery of research across all health and care settings in the UK, these roles include but are not limited to: Clinical Studies Officer, Research Practitioner, Clinical Trials Practitioner, Clinical Trials Officer, among others.
The CRP Directory and Accredited Register are part of a national strategy to enable the growth and professional development of CRP roles as a key part of the research delivery workforce.
CRP Engagement Leads
CRP Engagement Leads support the development of the local, regional and national CRP community of practice. They support colleagues in the region on their journey to registration.
Your local CRP Engagement Leads in North West London are:
Gateway to accreditation for CRPs without a degree
The Experienced Practitioner Gateway provides a pathway to join the CRP Accredited Register for experienced CRPs who do not have a degree or equivalent experience.
More details: Gateway to accreditation for CRPs without a degree
The NIHR Academy aims to develop a highly-skilled academic research workforce capable of advancing the best research.
- NIHR awards – fellowships, professorships etc.
- Career development training
- Career recognition awards
Find out more: NIHR Academy
Resources by partner organisation
Below is a summary of where to go for learning and development support within your organisation.
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
and West London NHS Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on FutureLearn
The NIHR has developed free online training courses in collaboration with the University of Leads, known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). They are available via FutureLearn.
The courses can be accessed throughout the year, but with lead educator and mentor support available during key dates.
You can access many other courses via FutureLearn (there may be a fee), including:
Discover your learning style
Over the years you have probably developed learning “habits” that help you benefit more from some experiences than from others. Complete the Learning Style Quiz to help pinpoint your learning preferences so you are in a better position to select learning experiences that suit your style.
Discover your learning style: The Learning Style Quiz.
More training providers
- NHS Digital Learning Solutions
- NHS Health Education England
- NHS Health Research Authority
- NHS London Leadership Academy
- NHS Research and Development Forum
Get in touch
If you have any thoughts or questions about your learning and development needs, or if you are looking for support, please do get in touch:
Anne Price, Workforce Development and Learning Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org