Owing to the ongoing pandemic, all of our face-to-face training has been suspended until further notice. The top priority for the NIHR currently is to support the nationally approved and adopted COVID-19 research studies. The following actions are being taken to ensure that all staff involved in health research continue to be suitably qualified through relevant experience, education and training. 

Online training courses during coronavirus

If you have a pre-approved email domain email address - e.g. @nhs.net or @ac.uk - please access the training available on NIHR Learn. A domain list is also accessible on the NIHR Learn help page.

If you are a volunteer returning to NHS duties, a separate learning platform has been designed with the online training for COVID-19 studies via the Open Learn platform

See training courses below for further details.

COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Training is for those who have been identified to work on COVID-19 vaccine research, please register through NIHR Learn and follow the prompts as directed if this applies to you.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) courses are available via e-learning. Sign into NIHR Learn and click on 'GCP online' to access the resources.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Question and answer webinar - This optional session is aimed at researchers who have recently completed the NIHR GCP e-learning. The aim of this one-hour webinar session is to corroborate your learning and understanding.

Please note: this session does not form part of your GCP training and there is no certification or Continuous Professional Development points attached. You need to have completed your GCP e-learning before you book to attend this session. You can book your place on this course through NIHR Learn

The next date is as follows:

  • Tuesday 19 January 2021 - 10am-11am

Informed Consent Training -  covers the history and principles of consent in research, including when working with vulnerable adults and in paediatric settings. This training, delivered by webinar to adhere to Government guidelines, will be both for both observational and interventional studies. You can book your place on this course through NIHR Learn.  The next webinar sessions are as follows:

  • Monday 8 March 2021 - 10am-1pm
  • Thursday 3 June 2021 - 9am-1pm (venue tbc)
  • Friday 3 September 2021 - 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday 7 December 2021 - 9am-1pm (venue tbc)

There is also 'The Informed Consent Process Within Urgent Public Health Research Studies' e-learning course. Please register for this online training via NIHR Learn.

Next Steps in Research - this two-day course will be delivered via webinar and participants can book their place on this course through NIHR Learn. The online sessions will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Day one: Friday 5 February 2021 - 10am-1pm
  • Day two: Friday 12 February 2021 - 10am-1pm

Principal Investigators (PIs) Essentials - this course, being delivered by webinar to adhere to Government guidelines, is aimed at people in the early years of their career as a PI, or at those who are about to take on the role. You can book your place on this course via NIHR Learn. The next webinar sessions are as follows:

  • Friday 8 January 2021 - 10am-1pm
  • Thursday 18 March 2021 - 9am-1pm (venue tbc)
  • Tuesday 20 July 2021 - 9am-1pm (venue tbc)

Research Practice in Clinical Settings - a new online course has been designed for those working on COVID-19 studies delivering without 'freedom to act.' This means those limited to working under standard operating procedures and instructions.  **

To find out what level of training you need you can use the Delegation and Training Decision Aid.

*Please note: if you have already completed face-to-face Informed Consent training you do not need to complete the online course. For interventional and observational studies, a webinar version of the full Informed Consent course has been piloted. 

 **This is not 'Introduction to GCP' course. Research staff who are required to complete GCP training should complete the e-learning  introduction version, and any additional learning as instructed by study sponsors, and your local hospital trusts’ Research and Development Departments.

Open Learn platform

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

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 an NIHR Learn account, please continue to use that platform.

If you want to complete the 'Introduction to GCP' or GCP Refresher' course you will need to email crnsouthlondon@nihr.ac.uk and ask for the enrollment keys.

Induction training for volunteers to research

Research Practice in Clinical Settings; Informed Consent Fundamentals: COVID-19 observational studies; and Informed Consent in Emergency Settings.

For those returning to NHS duties additional training, such as below, is provided. Please note: an enrolment key will need to be requested for these courses. Email crnsouthlondon@nihr.ac.uk to request the keys.

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) e-learning; Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Refresher e-learning; and expression of interest to take part in Informed Consent webinar training.

For general issues and information about our courses, please email crnsouthlondon@nihr.ac.uk. Contact the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre for account queries by emailing servicedesk@nihr.ac.uk.