As you will be well aware, NHS trusts are not running face-to-face training at this point in time. The top priority of the NIHR is to support the nationally approved and adopted COVID-19 research studies. As a result, key actions are being taken by the CRN to ensure all staff involved in health research continue to be suitably qualified through experience, education and training. 

Informed Consent Facilitated Online courses

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


Online option 


Introduction to GCP 

Online via NIHR Learn and Open Learn (for volunteers)

All clinical research staff.

GCP Refresher 

Online via NIHR Learn and Open Learn (for volunteers)

All clinical research staff.

Informed consent 

New facilitated course via Zoom - Part 1 and Part 2 (total 4 hours) based on demand - possibly twice a month

Aimed at COVID-19 studies - expression of interest via NIHR Learn Home Page

PI Essentials (for new PIs) New one hour facilitated Zoom course in development - based on local demand.  Aimed at COVID-19 studies - expression of interest via NIHR Learn Home Page.
PI Masterclass  None  Study oversight for experienced PIs
Next steps in clinical research delivery None  Delivery staff with six months experience
CI training  None  Those new to the CI role. 
Induction Hub (Pan London & Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRNs)  Online  All new CRN funded staff.
NEW Research Practice in Clinical Settings Online via NIHR Learn. Staff working to support research delivery (no delegated duties)
NEW Informed Consent Fundamentals: COVID-19 observational studies  Online NIHR Learn Clinical staff involved in providing care to COVID 19 patients in isolation wards who are new to supporting clinical research 
NEW Fundamentals of Clinical Research Delivery for Laboratory Staff  Online 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 NIHR Learn  Those who have completed IC training and need more knowledge of the additional environmental and communication barriers in urgent public health studies.  
 NEW Fundamental of Clinical Research for IMP Management  Online 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')


Online training for COVID - 19 studies

If you have a pre-approved email domain email address  - e.g. nhs or @ac - please access our training on NIHR Learn. A domain list is available  on NIHR Learn Help

If you are a volunteer and returning to NHS duties a separate learning platform has been designed with the online training for COVID-19 studies only at

See below for further details.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) (both Introduction and Refresher) is available as elearning. Sign into NIHR Learn and Click on 'GCP online' (on the top bar).


Informed Consent Training - new elearning course in support of ‘Informed Consent Fundamentals for Observational Studies’ is now available on NIHR Learn (under 'GCP online').

Following a successful facilitated Zoom training session the national team are planning to run two Informed consent sessions per month. This is aimed at those involved in Covid 19 studies. To register for a place please complete the expression of interest form found on the Home page of NIHR Learn.

The national team are also planning to run a Train the trainer session for Facilitators who have a need to run Informed consent courses locally. Please note that a Zoom licence will be required for local use.

Please note if you have already completed NIHR face to face Informed Consent training you do not need to do the online course.

For Interventional studies a webinar version of the full Informed consent course has been piloted. To register interest to take part in an Informed Consent webinar there is a Google Form on the home page of NIHR Learn 'Register my interest for an Informed Consent  webinar training'.


PI Essentials - it has been highlighted to the team in the CRN Coordinating Centre that this course may be required for new PIs on COVID -19 studies. Again there is a link to a Google Form on the home page of NIHR Learn to register interest in a PI Essential webinar.

The national team are looking to run three sessions - each an hour in length.  The registration form is found on the home page of NIHR Learn. There is some interest across the LCRNs in running PI Essential courses by specialities and also at a local level, depending on demand.


​​Research Practice in Clinical Setting - a new online course has been designed for those ​working on COV-001 and COV-002 research studies that have no 'freedom to act'. Where individuals are acting wholly under SOPs/ instructions, and would escalate anything which falls outside of these for action by someone else, they are delivering without freedom to act.
It covers

  • Understanding the foundation of clinical research
  • Understanding the core - legal, regulatory and financial frameworks
  • Underpinning clinical research in the UK
  • Understanding the Principles of Informed Consent
  • Understanding the importance of documentation and good record keeping
  • Understanding the requirements of safety reporting

This is NOT an Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Research staff who are required to complete GCP training should complete the e-learning 'An Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)' course and any additional learning instructed by study sponsors, and Trust R&D departments.

NIHR Learn 

To book onto our face to face courses, please go to NIHR Learn. Once you are logged into your account, select the link for ‘LCRN Local Learning’ then ‘CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex’ for local face to face courses.

You will need to have an account. Certain email domains are eligible for the automatic setting up of accounts, other will need to complete a manual application. Help accessing Learn is available.

List of elearning under 'GCP online' on NIHR Learn

  • Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) eLearning
  • Introduction to GCP for IMP Management (Pharmacy)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Refresher: eLearning
  • GCP Supporting Templates
  • GCP Glossary
  • Informed Consent Fundamentals: COVID-19 Observational Studies
  • Informed Consent in Emergency Settings
  • Informed Consent in Paediatric Research
  • Informed Consent with Adults Lacking Capacity

NIHR Open Learn 

NIHR Open Learn is  a separate learning platform for those who are not automatically eligible for a NIHR Learn account.

Please note you need to set up an account for Open Learn. It will not go through the normal set up requirements and it will not recognise your NIHR Learn login. If you have a NIHR Learn account please continue to use that platform.

Induction for volunteers to research

  • Research Practice in Clinical Setting (see above for more details)
  • Informed Consent Fundamentals: COVID-19 observational studies
  • Informed Consent in Emergency Settings

For those returning to NHS duties additional training is provided (Please note an enrolment key will need to be requested from the CRN Coordinating Centre)

  • Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) elearning
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Refresher elearning.
  • Expression of interest to take part in Informed Consent webinar training


For general issues and information for CRN KSS face to face courses, issues with enrolling onto a course (please note we can't set up an account on your behalf) and getting new courses onto NIHR Learn, please email

For help creating or accessing your account, contact the CRN Coordinating Centre service desk by emailing . They can help with all account related queries. The CRNCC service desk is available Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

For help booking or accessing e-learning courses (when logged in) contact the Workforce Development help desk at . The help desk is available Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

For training of new facilitators (FDP), course material updates or any specific clarification on training needs, please contact the Training Coordinator at . 

For help with elearning course queries contact the Workforce Development Team.

About GCP 

External links

NIHR Learn