Research staff working for the CRN South London and for our Partner Organisations provide exceptional support for clinical research across South London.
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Listed below are services and opportunities available to research staff, investigators and others working in clinical research across our Network.
The main type of training that we offer is Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training and within the schedule there are various specialised GCP training opportunities.
GCP training is highly recommended by NIHR for all those conducting research within Trusts and is a legal requirement for professionals working on Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs). Our training sessions meet the needs of those people working to deliver research designed and managed by others.
Listed below are our available GCP courses and also other training courses available via the network. Our full training calendar is also available.
Introduction to GCP and Valid Informed Consent
This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the EU Directives, UK Regulations and Research Governance Framework requirements covering clinical trials and other NIHR Portfolio studies conducted within the NHS. The session has a practical focus with the key aim being that participants know what to do to practice excellent GCP when they return to their workplace to ensure that the rights, safety and well-being of patients are always protected.
The Valid Informed Consent of Research Participants will be examined in detail.
Expected learning outcomes
Following the course, participants will have a demonstrable understanding of the background and practical implications of GCP and Valid Informed Consent. This understanding is intended to be a foundation for action about translating principles into practice and give participants the confidence to take a proactive role in improving processes and standards within their own work area.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP): E-Learning Course Content
The course has been specifically designed to focus on the practical application of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in the conduct of research in the NHS and is aimed at people who are recruiting participants and gathering study data in local research sites.
The content will be useful to those people who are involved in other aspects of research, such as designing and managing studies and those with Sponsor or Chief Investigator responsibilities.
Is this course suitable as a GCP refresher / update?
Yes – the course contains introductory learning modules and Challenge scenarios, each with an accompanying Groundwork tutorial. Challenge scenarios give you a situation to work through, during which you will be asked questions to see how much you know. If you have some experience of clinical research or have completed GCP training before, you may be able to answer many of the questions correctly and continue with the scenarios and complete the course without the need to re-visit content which you already have an understanding of.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
You should expect the course to take you half a day, approximately four hours. We recommend that you set aside the time to complete the course in one go.
Book your place online at: http://learn.nihr.ac.uk/
Unless otherwise stated, you can find out more about these courses and book your place online at: http://learn.nihr.ac.uk/
An Introduction to IRAS
This training is ideal for researchers and support staff who will be using the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) to create new study submission. This session will provide an in-depth explanation of IRAS
This is available to anyone who will have some involvement in, or needs to understand, the Health Research Authority (HRA) process as part of their role. The session will cover the HRA expectations for the sponsor, participating organisations and also the process.
Cost Attribution Training (AcoRD)
This session covers the Department of Health and Social Care AcoRD Guidance and practical scenarios will be explored to explain the differences between a research cost, treatment cost and support cost.
To request training please get in touch with the Research Support team who will be able to organise this for you. Email gst-tr.LSCLRN@nhs.net or Tel: 020 7188 7188 ext 51586
Research Design Service (RDS) London Drop-in Sessions
The RDS London drop-in sessions are an opportunity for researchers to meet the RDS London team and find out how we can help them and talk about specific research proposals. We will have a range of experts at these sessions so will be able to cover many topics from general information and guidance on research design to statistics and Patient and Public Involvement.
There is no need to book an appointment for these sessions but if you have any questions about the drop-ins or any other aspect of RDS London please contact the RDS London team on: 020 7848 6684
Research Impact Award 2019
The Research Impact Award from the CRN South London is now closed to applications. All submissions are going through a judging process, and shortlisted applicants will be notified in due course.
All shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend the Annual Research Meeting on Thursday 13 June at Governor’s Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH.
CRN South London would also like to say thank you to everyone who submitted an application.
The NIHR South London Clinical Research Awards 2019 are now closed to nominations. All applications are going through a judging process, and shortlisted applicants in each award category will be notified in due course.
All shortlisted applicants in each award category will then be invited to attend the Annual Research Meeting on Thursday 13 June at Governor’s Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH
Please do keep an eye out throughout the year for examples of great research practice that can be highlighted during nominations for next year’s awards.
CRN South London would also like to say thank you to everyone who submitted an award nomination.
The South London Research Award winners 2018 were announced at our Annual Research Meeting on 2 February 2018. Thank you to everyone who nominated their colleagues and congratulations to the winners in each of the five categories. Find the full list of winners in the article on the event here.
Watch the video below to hear from one of last year's winners Jacklyn Dunne.
Our major campaign is currently the 'I Am Research' Campaign.
You can learn more about the campaign on the I Am Research website and look out for the posters, banners and foam hands that will be available ahead of the next International Clinical Trials Day.
International Clinical Trials Day is the annual awareness day for clinical research held every year on 20 May and remembers the first ever clinical trial carried out by James Lind in 1747 who wanted to investigate the best way to prevent scurvy in sailors.