GOOD CLINICAL PRACTICE
Everyone involved in the conduct of clinical research must have training to ensure they are best prepared to carry out their duties. This is laid down in the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care 2005, covering all research in the NHS in England, and in law for those people working on clinical trials. This is also specified in the Research Governance Framework
for Health and Social Care in Wales second edition, the Scottish Executive Health Department Research Governance Framework for Health and Community Care (2006) and the Northern Ireland Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (2007).
The NIHR Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR CRN CC) provides training free of charge if you work on a clinical trial or study which has been accepted onto the NIHR CRN Portfolio of studies and if you work directly with an NIHR Clinical Research Network, including patient and public representatives. There are similar arrangements in place with the NISCHR Clinical Research Centre in Wales.
Training is also provided locally by some Clinical Research Networks, your local Comprehensive or Topic-specific Local Research Network Team will be able to advise you. If you are not eligible for NIHR CRN CC training, check if your NHS Trust Research and Development Department offers training, or alternatively there are private providers.
In Scotland, research methods training, including training in Good Clinical Practice is offered at a number of sites. Information is available from Clinical Research Training Scotland (CRTS).