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CRP success in the East Midlands

CRP success in the East Midlands

CRN East Midlands would like to congratulate Rachael Fothergill, Becky Rutter and Anne Chafer for achieving recognition by the Academy of Healthcare Science as Registered Clinical Research Practitioners.

Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) are a vital part of the research workforce. In early 2018 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) was given permission to develop the professional identity of Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) in a staged approach. The CRP Directory was launched in September 2018 as a foundation for the development of the CRP community. 

Rachael Fothergill took part in the national pilot scheme last year working with the National Institute of Health Research and the Academy of Healthcare Science to develop a Registration Framework for CRPs and she is one of the first Practitioners in the country to achieve this accolade. In order to be accepted on to the Register, Rachael was required to provide substantial and detailed evidence against 16 CRP Standards of Proficiency, within 3 categories, demonstrating high levels of skill relating to Professional Accountability; Leadership and Working across Boundaries as well as a Record of her Practice Achievement.

The Register for Clinical Research Practitioners is accredited by a Quality Assurance Framework which is recognised by the NIHR as an effective way to recognise the skills of CRPs. The CRP Standards of Proficiency align with standards published for nurses, midwives and nursing associates, allied health professionals and healthcare science practitioners recognising the personal and professional skills that practitioners bring to the role of research practitioner. 

By joining the Register, CRPs demonstrate to patients, colleagues and employers that they are competent, trustworthy and committed to achieving high standards of personal behaviour and technical competence as they support participants through the research process ensuring that the ethical standards are met, the data collected is of a high standard and at all times, ensuring that the participant has a positive experience.

Right now it is free to join the directory, applicants need to have joined the CRP Directory before making an application be part of the Register If you have any questions at all please get in touch with Steph Kings-Jones - CRP Lead for East Midlands -