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Good Clinical Practice training (for researchers)

A key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research is Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. GCP is the ethical and practical standard to which all clinical research is conducted.

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, covering all research in the HSC, and in law for those people working on clinical trials.

The principles of GCP state that: Each individual involved in conducting a trial should be qualified by education, training and experience to perform his or her respective task(s).

To access an online training module in GCP you should contact your local Trust Research Office.  (The training is provided by NIHR)

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Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) for researchers

HSC R&D Division in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Centre deliver workshops on Building Research Partnerships.

These workshops are designed for people interested in getting involved in research and researchers interested in involving the public, patients and carers in their research. They use a quality assured train the trainer approach to explore the area of health and social care research as well as the various ways the public can be constructively involved in the research process as partners. They aim to strengthen mutual understanding and working relationships between researchers and the public, and support researchers in developing and delivering quality research that is accessible, acceptable and patient focused to benefit patients and Health and Social Care.

The workshops will help...

people interested in getting involved in research to gain

  • An understanding of how the public can get involved in research.
  • An understanding of what it means to be involved in research and how patients, carers and the public can be involved at each stage of the research process.
  • A knowledge of different types of research methods and terms used in research.

Researchers to gain

  • An understanding of  how the public can get involved in research
  • An understanding of what it means to facilitate involvement in research and how patients, carers and the public can be involved at each stage of the research process.
  • An opportunity to share your expertise in research with patients, carers and the public.

 

Since 2012 nine workshops have taken place in Northern Ireland. Following each course, participants were invited to complete evaluation forms.

Evaluation showed that the workshops:

  • have enabled capacity building at a local and national level
  • have led to a positive learning environment for participants
  • have helped to engage a group of professionals and public with a range of conditions and experience
  • have helped build partnerships which have the potential to have a measurable impact on practice

 

For information about these workshops please contact:
Cara McClure (Workshop Administrator) or Gail Johnston (Programme Manager)
 
 

MRC e-learning

The Medical Research Council provides free e-learning in a number of areas including:

Research Data and Confidentiality

Research and human tissue legislation

Integrated Research Applications System (IRAS)

Good Research Practice

you will need to register with the MRC to access this training.