Training and education in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Clinical Research Network ensures all staff involved in health research continue to be suitably qualified through experience, education and training. Our training can be accessed on NIHR Learn, our national learning platform.

NIHR Learn (learn.nihr.ac.uk) is the home of our free, accredited national learning programmes and is used by over 45,000 learners across the NHS and partner organisations every year.  You can access NIHR Learn if you are employed by the NIHR, NHS, a UK university or other UK publicly funded organisation conducting and supporting clinical research.  This includes public health, social care and other non-NHS organisations. 

Current situation with face to face training

Although we are slowly returning to face to face training for research delivery staff many trusts are restricting attendees to internal staff only. All our face to face training dates are on NIHR Learn under CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and they state whether they are restricted to internal staff only.

NIHR Learn

You can access NIHR Learn if you are employed by the NIHR, NHS, a UK university or other UK publicly funded organisation conducting and supporting clinical research.

You will need to have an account. Certain email domains are eligible for the automatic setting up of accounts, others will need to complete a manual application. If you need help with NIHR Learn visit our help page here. For further help with NIHR Learn please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

For elearning courses please log in to NIHR Learn. On the Home Page you will find a section entitled ’Explore Learning’. Click on GCP And Other Research Delivery Training to access the NIHR elearning courses. These are divided into the three sections of GCP, Fundamentals and Informed Consent. Choose one of the course categories or if you need help deciding open the delegation of duties in research module.

To book onto face to face or facilitated courses run by KSS or other Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs).

Once you are logged into your NIHR Learn account, click on the icon in Explore Learning entitled ‘Locally delivered training’ which will take you to a screen listing the various LCRNs - select the LCRN you wish to visit. We are CRN Kent Surrey and Sussex.

Facilitated Online courses - Informed Consent and PI Essential

CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex is working with the London CRNs to offer both Informed Consent and PI Essential training.  As well as looking at the local CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex area on NIHR Learn please also look under CRN North West London, CRN South London and CRN North Thames.

Course Online option Audience 
Introduction to GCP  Online via NIHR Learn or limited face to face courses under CRN KSS All clinical research staff
GCP Refresher  Online via NIHR Learn or limited face to face courses under CRN KSS All clinical research staff
Informed consent  New online facilitated sessions are being run by our colleagues in CRN South London and CRN North West London or limited face to face courses in KSS All delivery staff involved with receiving informed consent
PI Essentials (for new PIs) New online facilitated sessions are being run by our colleagues in CRN South London, CRN North West London and CRN North Thames or limited face to face courses in KSS Those taking on the role of Principal Investigator 
PI Masterclass Only available as a face to face course Study oversight for experienced PIs
Next steps in clinical research delivery Only available in KSS as a face to face course. A blended approach is run by NW London  Delivery staff with six months experience
Chief Investigator (CI) training We do not currently have a CI training course. Those new to the CI role.
Induction Hub (Pan London & Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRNs)  Online on KSS Induction Hub All new CRN-funded staff
Research Practice in Clinical Settings Online via NIHR Learn Staff working to support research delivery. No delegated tasks that are the responsibility of the PI (i.e. without ‘freedom to act’)
Informed Consent Fundamentals: observational studies only Online via NIHR Learn Designed for Clinical staff involved in providing care to COVID-19 patients in isolation wards who are new to supporting clinical research
Fundamentals of Clinical Research Delivery for Laboratory Staff Online via NIHR Learn Laboratory staff working to support research delivery: No delegated tasks that are the responsibility of the PI (i.e. without delegated ‘freedom to act’)
The Informed Consent Process Within Urgent Public Health Research Studies Online via NIHR Learn Those who have completed IC training and need more knowledge of the additional environmental and communication barriers in urgent public health studies
Fundamental of Clinical Research for IMP Management Online via NIHR Learn Pharmacy and non pharmacy staff involved in the delivery of CTIMPs that are working under the guidance of a written SOP (i.e without delegated 'freedom to act')
Dry Ice training Via external supplier  Details are available on the Gas Safe Consultant website. There is a charge for this online resource. For those who will be handling Dry Ice as part of their research role - this can be packing and sending off samples, such as bloods.

Bite sized online modules designed by other LCRNs

There are a number of bite sized online training modules, designed by other clinical research networks which we can enrol on, including:

Study feasibility
Data Entry & CRF completion
Site File Maintenance
The Safety Reporting Journey
Archiving A Research Study
Practical Laboratory Skills For Research Delivery Staff Laboratory

Courses on FutureLearn

Future Learn is a private company jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. They offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world.

Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research by University of Leeds/NIHR 
Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials  by University of Birmingham
What is Health Research? by University of Leeds/NIHR
Digital Tools for Efficient Clinical Trials by NIHR and University of Southampton

 Help

An NIHR Learn Help site is available to help with common problems. .

Pre-approved email domain email addresses are automatically eligible for Learn Accounts - see NIHR Learn Help. If your email address is not pre-approved, please complete the application form, here.

Please note that if you are involved in NIHR clinical research you can have access to Learn. If you have issues please contact us at training.crnkentsurreysussex@nihr.ac.uk.

For general issues and information for CRN KSS face-to-face courses, issues with enrolling onto a local course (please note we can't set up an account on your behalf) and getting new courses onto NIHR Learn, please email: training.crnkentsurreysussex@nihr.ac.uk.

For help creating or accessing your account, contact the CRN Coordinating Centre Service Desk by emailing crn.servicedesk@nihr.ac.uk or calling 0207 333 5894. The Service Desk can help with all account related queries. The CRNCC Service Desk is open Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm (except bank holidays).

For help booking or accessing elearning courses (when logged in) contact the Workforce Development help desk at nihrlearnhelp@nihr.ac.uk. The help desk is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For training of new facilitators (FDP), course material updates, or any specific clarification on training needs, please contact Training Coordinator Sylvia Westrup at sylvia.westrup@nihr.ac.uk.


 

South East Mentor Directory 

CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex, alongwith the CRNs in London (South London, North Thames and North West London) have created an online Mentor Directory. The aim of the directory is to connect mentors - people with research experience - with colleagues who are less experienced in research to help develop research skills and careers.


We are looking for members of our research community to volunteer to become mentors. If you are working in a research related role you will have knowledge and skills that will be of value to someone else. You do not need special training or formal development to be a mentor, all you need is the desire to help others and some time to do it.

The Directory is available to anyone involved in health and care research who is associated with the CRN in the south east and mentoring relationships can be formed from anywhere within this region.

How to join the directory as a mentor or to request a mentor

Join the South East Mentor Directory

  • Registering is quick and easy, either as a mentor, or client (mentee) 
  • Simply create a profile with your email address and include a brief background and summary of the topics you would either like some support in, or would like to support someone else.
  • If you sign up to be a mentor, make sure that you are visible to potential clients by going into your profile and switching on this option.

External links

NIHR Learn