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.
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 https://openlearn.nihr.ac.uk/
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.
- 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.
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 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 email@example.com.
If you have any queries, or experience any booking problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help creating or accessing your account, contact the CRN Coordinating Centre service desk by emailing email@example.com . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 email@example.com .
For help with elearning course queries contact the Workforce Development Team.