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.
 

Course 

Online option 

Audience 

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 online facilitated sessions are being run by our colleagues in CRN South London and CRN North West London.

Aimed at Urgent Public Health studies - expression of interest via NIHR Learn Home Page

PI Essentials (for new PIs) New online facilitated sessions are being run by our colleagues in CRN South London,  CRN North West London, CRN North Thames and CRN Eastern. Aimed at Urgent Public Health 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 Urgent Public Health 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 look for the icon in Explore Learning for a link entitled 'Good Clinical Practice E-Learning (Including Related Programmes E.G. Informed Consent).


Informed Consent Training
- new elearning course in support of ‘Informed Consent Fundamentals for Observational Studies’ is now available on NIHR Learn. Sign into NIHR Learn and look for the icon in Explore Learning for a link entitled ;Good Clinical Practice E-Learning (Including Related Programmes E.G. Informed Consent)'.

Currently Kent, Surrey and Sussex  is not running any informed consent training. For Interventional Studies the four Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs), which make up the London and south east region will allow Kent, Surrey and Sussex colleagues to register on their facilitated webinar courses. Please visit the following LCRNs on NIHR Learn to see dates – CRN South London, CRN North West London and CRN North Thames.

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


PI Essentials
- it has been highlighted that this course may be required for new PIs on COVID -19 studies.

Although Kent, Surrey, Sussex do not currently run PI Essential courses our partner LCRNs in the London and south east will allow  Kent, Surrey, Sussex colleagues to register on their facilitated webinar courses. Please visit the following LCRNs on NIHR Learn to see dates – CRN South London,  CRN North West London and CRN North Thames

NIHR Learn

To book onto our face to face courses or webinars run by other Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs), please go to NIHR Learn. Once you are logged into your account, look for the icon in Explore Learning entitled ‘CRN Local Learning (Including GCP Face-To-Face Programmes)’ then select the LCRN you wish to visit.

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. Help accessing Learn is available.

List of elearning under ‘Good Clinical Practice E-Learning (Including Related Programmes e.g. Informed Consent)’ 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
  • Research Practice in Clinical Settings
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Research Delivery for Laboratory Staff
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Research for IMP Management
  • The Informed Consent Process Within Urgent Public Health Research Studies
  • Informed Consent Fundamentals: COVID-19 Observational Studies
  • Informed Consent in Emergency Settings
  • Informed Consent in Paediatric Research
  • Informed Consent with Adults Lacking Capacity
  • Receiving Informed Consent from Adults Lacking Capacity (including Urgent Public Health Studies)

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

Help

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 training.crnkentsurreysussex@nihr.ac.uk.

For help creating or accessing your account, contact the CRN Coordinating Centre service desk by emailing servicedesk@nihr.ac.uk . 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 training@nihr.ac.uk . 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 sylvia.westrup@nihr.ac.uk . 

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

About GCP 

External links

NIHR Learn