Research Scholars Programme

The Research Scholars Programme is aimed at research interested individuals who may or may not have NIHR clinical research experience already.  We are encouraging applications from the whole cross section of clinical staffing roles including pharmacists, radiographers, occupational therapists, nurses, doctors, physiologists, physiotherapists, radiotherapists, biomedical scientists as well as doctors and nurses. The Programme is an interactive developmental programme aimed at equipping tomorrow's clinical research leaders with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to become Principal and Chief Investigators of the future.  Successful candidates receive funding (half funded from the awarded CRN grant and the other half 'match' funded by the delegate's employer) to cover one full day per week as dedicated time for research.  Scholars commit to attending a day per month at the CRN in Liverpool for an exciting programme of face-to-face sessions.

The Research Scholars Programme offers the following benefits:

  • Protected & funded time to enable you to support and deliver NIHR Funded research within your service
  • A development pathway towards becoming a Principal or Chief investigator
  • Full support from the Clinical Research Network, North West Coast & your employer
  • Support & guidance from being matched with a mentor who is an experienced Principal or Chief Investigator

Am I eligible to apply?

The Research Scholars Programme is an initiative to develop early career researchers. In order to be eligible for the Programme you should be:

  • Registrars in a recognised training programme including GP’s who are in the last two years of training
  • New Consultants within the last 5 years of taking up their post
  • Nurses (usually Band 7 or above)
  • Allied Health Professionals (usually Band 7 or above)

If you would like an informal chat about the programme please email or call 0151 331 5227 and ask to speak to Dr Chris Smith.


Good Clinical Practice (GCP)


GCP - Introduction Course

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.

GCP - Refresher Course

This three hour course is for experienced research delivery staff who:

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

Visit our GCP course programme which lists dates of courses and how to register. 

For more information please contact 0151 331 5122 and ask to speak to Sue Dowling.

Clinical Research Roadshows


CRN North West Coast Roadshows are an excellent way for colleagues across the region to come together to share best practice, learn from each others' experiences and open up opportunities to collaborate.  The CRN North West Coast presents packed schedules of talks and workshops sharing the challenges and celebrating the achievements of those working in clinical research in our area. 

For dates of our upcoming Roadshows or more information please call 0151 331 5122 and ask to speak to Greg Woodley.

Early Career Researcher Development Pathway Programme


 NIHR CRN NWC is currently running the early career research programme that invites nurses, midwives and allied health professions with an interest in research to join this innovative and unique 12-month early career researcher development pathway programme.

The course is designed to recruit enthusiastic and committed health care professionals, educated to degree level who are employed by CRN NWC partner organisations within the North West Coast footprint and who can demonstrate a significant interest and commitment to health and social care research.

You will need full support from your employing organisation and agreement to two study days per month over 12 months. 

This course aims:

  • To understand the drivers, policy context and value of research in the NHS and across the NWC Region.
  • To ensure the development of the knowledge, intellectual abilities and methodologies to do and lead research.
  • To understand how to engage and influence others to ensure the wider impact of research.
  • To understand the factors/dimensions that create and enable leadership in research.
  • Develop personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.
  • Have knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research
  • To identify and fulfil personal development needs/learning outcomes
  • To create a personal network that will progress and promote the research leadership journey.
  • To engage with current Principal and Chief Investigators in the NWC region and understand their role and its impact.
  • To develop reflective practice skills
  • To develop aspirational goals and an initial 3-year career plan to achieve leadership potential.                  

For more information about the programme please call Gillian Southgate on 07825 143562.