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Facilitators reflect on 10 years of delivering GCP training

Facilitators reflect on 10 years of delivering GCP training

A CRN South London Good Clinical Practice (GCP) facilitating duo have reflected on a decade of delivering the training.

Good Clinical Practice is the internationally recognised ethical and scientific standards against which health and social care research is conducted.

The Network’s Study Support Service Specialist Christopher Ward and Workforce Development Lead Nhlanhla Mguni are both passionate about the importance of training the next generation of researchers. Nhlanhla said:

“I became a GCP facilitator because of my passion for teaching. The greatest reward I have received for doing this work is making a difference to the delivery and safety of clinical trials.

“As a facilitator, I continue to familiarise myself with the changes that are happening in the research world. This is to make sure the information I share with our course delegates is up to date.”

It is important that everyone involved in research is trained or appropriately experienced to perform the specific tasks they are being asked to undertake. Christopher continued:

“The training is all about protecting everyone involved in research and safeguarding the validity of research data. Not understanding the principles of GCP could lead to serious consequences, and as a facilitator I am proud to play a part in ensuring the continued delivery of world class clinical research in south London.”

CRN South London’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer Dawn Beaumont-Jewell said: “I’d like to congratulate and thank Nhlanhla and Christopher for their decade of service as GCP facilitators. They are both fantastic ambassadors for this Network and I hope they continue to inspire others for many years to come.

“Compliance with GCP training is vital as it assures patients and the public that the rights, safety and wellbeing of people taking part in studies are protected and that research data is reliable.”

You can find out more about GCP training on the NIHR’s website.