The CRN and affiliated organisations provide research skills training for clinicians, nurses and research practitioners throughout their research career.

These courses may vary between online to face-to-face training. The majority of courses are free, but eligibility may vary. Please see the details within.

NIHR Learn

While face-to-face sessions are on hold due to COVID-19, some courses are being delivered virtually. The following is a list of training offered by the Network:

  • Introduction to Good Clinical Practice
  • Good Clinical Practice Refresher (also available as an e-learning course, open to all users of NIHR Learn)
  • Next Steps in Delivering Clinical Research
  • Informed Consent
  • PI Essentials
  • Attributing the costs of health and social care Research and Development (AcORD)
  • SoECAT and Excess Treatment Cost Management
  • Other skills such as management, facilitation and communication
  • CPMS Learning (How to access, upload etc)
  • Join Dementia Research (JDR) Researcher training

Visit NIHR Learn for information on courses that are currently open for booking. You can also take a look at the Navigating NIHR Learn Guidelines.


The Informed Consent Process Within Urgent Public Health Research Studies
This bitesize module is intended to accompany existing Informed Consent in Clinical Research training.

It is aimed at people who have already received informed consent training or are familiar with the informed consent process. It explores the additional environmental and communication barriers that can be introduced between clinician and patient during the consent process in urgent public health studies.

Find out more and enrol on NIHR Learn.

Introduction to GCP – IMP management module
This specialised Good Clinical Practice (GCP) module explores Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) management within the context of clinical trials conducted in the NHS.

It is a specialist module for the Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for those who have delegated responsibility (freedom to act) for IMP management for a clinical trial. It meets a training need for GCP IMP management outside of a pharmacy setting and by non pharmacy professionals while continuing to ensure Pharmacy staff receive the relevant training they need to be GCP compliant.

Available on NIHR Learn.

Increasing Participation of BAME Groups in Health and Social Care Research
An online training module to provide staff with the necessary skills and learning to support people from all backgrounds to take part in important research studies.

Available on NIHR Learn.

Training Provided at a Trust Level

The following Trusts offer research training for their staff.

London North West University Healthcare NHS FT

The R&D department organises GCP training for all staff who wish to be involved in research and refresher courses to update certification.

GCP half day courses are held in the R&D Board room on the 7th floor of the maternity block, Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospital (Map and directions). This course provides an intense overview of the fundamentals of GCP. Attendees are provided with a certificate at the end of the session

Online GCP training accessible through Epigium. For more information and to subscribe to the course or to be logged on the online training, please contact Sunder Chita, Health Service Research Manager on or 020 8869 5829.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS FT

The Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) and Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) both provide training and development opportunities on their respective websites.

There is also a Healthcare Professionals Academic Group which provide monthly seminars; and a Research Staff Forum.

The Imperial Health Charity also provides Research Fellowships.

Please contact Mary Wells for more information.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT

RBHT runs courses for health professionals and are listed on their website.

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

You are eligibile for free research training via Noclor.


Noclor provides support for staff involved in mental health, community health and primary care. If you are a member of staff affiliated with CNWL or WLMH, then you are eligible as an associated Trust for NOCLOR hosted training:

  • Accredited Good Clinical Practice in Research training essential for staff conducting Clinical Trials for Medicinal Products.
  • Informed Consent Training
  • Principal Investigator in Research Training
  • Critical Appraisal Skills Training Workshop (Qualitative and Quantitative
  • Essential Skills for conducting effective Clinical Research
  • Setting up and managing the Trial Master File
  • Finding the Evidence (Literature Searching Skills)

For more information about the training offered by Noclor and when it’s available please visit their website.


Clinfield offer a range of courses for research staff. However, they are not free. Please explore free alternatives from other providers before contacting your line manager to organise training with Clinfield.

Difficult Conversations

Loughborough University have worked in collaboration with Health Education England to build a principles based Framework (see drawing below) resulting in some evidence based freely accessible resources for frontline staff engaging in difficult conversations.

Take a look at these blogs, relating to difficult conversations and giving news of a death over the phone.

Also available are the following short videos, from the E-LfH website:

Video 1 – The Framework, introduced by Kath Mannix
Video 2 – Community (Advance Care Planning: how I have the conversation)
Video 3 – Breaking unwelcome news
Video 4 – Preferences and views discussions where patient’s condition is escalating (ceilings of treatment)

Further resources:
Managing Difficult Conversations – online course provided by
Courageous conversations – online course provided by Mind Gym.

Research in ICU

Carrying out research in Intensive Care Units (ICU) can be complicated. You might be interested to take a look at this video. It explains why research is conducted in ICU and what it might mean for patients and relatives.

The video is informed by research carried out by the University of Liverpool: Perspectives on enhancing consent and recruitment in intensive care studies.
Find out more about that research here.