Here are some  of the different training opportunities we offer across the North Thames region.

Training and development in North Thames

There are many opportunities for your development within the NIHR Clinical Research Network North Thames. To find out more about the courses below, and when they are being offered, please visit NIHR Learn (free account required). Please note that this system requires a reasonably up-to-date web browser (Internet Explorer version 9 or greater, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari). Guidance on how to access NIHR Learn.

This page tells you about some of the different training opportunities we offer across the North Thames region. These take place both via webinar and face-to-face. Sign into NIHR Learn and click on 'GCP and Other Research Delivery E-Learning' to access the resources below.

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice 

A practical guide to ethical and scientific quality standards in clinical research for experienced research delivery staff. This full-day workshop is designed to provide an introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP), the EU Directives, UK Regulations and Research Governance Framework requirements covering clinical trials and other NIHR Portfolio studies conducted within Secondary Care (primarily hospital based) settings.

Researchers and research delivery staff who are involved with recruiting to NIHR portfolio studies can attend any of the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) courses on offer across our network.

Next courses:

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (full-day training, face-to-face):

  • 30 November 2023, 9.30am-4.30pm 

To book, go to NIHR Learn.

Good Clinical Practice Refresher

 A practical guide to ethical and scientific quality standards in clinical research for experienced research delivery staff. This three-hour workshop is for experienced research delivery staff who:

  • have previously completed either taught or online Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training
  • have recent practical experience of working in a clinical research environment
  • have a good understanding of the principles and quality standards of GCP and related frameworks.

Next Steps in Research

This two-day course has been designed for nurses and allied health professionals who are new to research posts (at least six months), or as a refresher for other staff who wish to be updated. Attendees must attend both days to complete the course.

Next face-to-face course:

  • 26 and 31 October, 170 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1 7HA, 9am to 4pm both days.

To book, go to NIHR Learn.

Principal Investigator Essentials

This course focuses on helping Principal Investigators (PIs) to understand their responsibilities in leading the conduct of a research study. This includes:

  • how to recognise what makes an effective PI
  • knowing how to access support
  • understanding and reflecting on the skills and behaviours required to be an effective PI

Next virtual course:

  • 15 November, 10am-12 noon.

To book, go to NIHR Learn.

Other training available

MHRA inspections course

Next virtual course:

  • 24 November, 2-4pm 

Basics of AcoRD and SoECAT training

Learn about the application of the AcoRD principles when completing or validating a SoECAT, understand the national Excess Treatment Cost process and learn more about our local North Thames process for managing and processing SoECAT validations, supported by our AcoRD Specialists in the region.

Next virtual courses:

  • 24 January 2024, 1-3.30pm
  • 22 May 2024, 1-3.30pm
  • 25 September 2024, 1-3.30pm

Email to register for these sessions.

Patient and public involvement (PPI) courses

Training on offer includes: 

PPI in research for clinical academics

Provider: The NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre and UCLPartners

PPI workshops

Provider: The Research Design Service London


Noclor offers a range of research training which is open to all NIHR research staff in our network. Find out what’s on offer.

Research and development training at North East London NHS Foundation Trust

North East London NHS Foundation Trust delivers a training calendar of research and development workshops, events and peer support groups to which all are welcome. The workshops are held at the Goodmayes Hospital site.

You can find out more about NIHR courses and book your place online at NIHR Learn.

 CRP event meeting recording

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