Research and Development Forum Training

Regulatory Inspection Ready

Date: January 29, 2019 (Duration: 1 Day)

Location: Leicester

This course is aimed at those who deliver research in a healthcare setting either in a Sponsor team or as a Host, and that maybe subject to regulatory inspection. Preparation for Inspection is critical but compliance driven from preparation rather than from quality systems can lead to poor practice and Inspection findings.

Last minute changes just prior to a visit can be very unhelpful and in some cases misleading and so this course will help delegates understand how to become inspection-ready for any inspection. Delegates will learn strategies that build confidence for an inspection from any of the regulators for example the MHRA, Human Tissue Authority or Human Embryology & Fertilisation Authority.

For full course details see here

Local Capacity and Capability for Research

Date: February 4, 2019 (Duration: 1 Day)

Location: London

The NHS R&D Forum learning & development group are pleased to launch this new one-day course designed to provide an understanding of the requirements of an NHS organisation when determining whether to take part in a particular research study as a host. It explains the principles of good study set up, the information required by the R&D office and where it can be obtained. It introduces delegates to the various systems and documents associated with research and also provides some guidance on developing relationships with key support departments and stakeholders within an NHS organisation.

The first half of the day concentrates on making delegates familiar with process. The second half is spent putting everything into practice working through an example study.

For further details click here

Essentials of NHS Research

Date: March 25, 2019 (Duration: 2 Days)

Location: Bristol

This course is designed for any role at all levels when new to a health care R&D department. The course might also be of interest to colleagues in industry, academia and the third sector that would like to better understand managing NHS Research or just for those who need to keep updated.

The content covers understanding the landscape, policy, regulation, patient & public involvement, roles of R&D, capacity & capability, costing, AcoRD, contracts, safety, data, oversight, impact and strategy.

For further information click here

Data Management Masterclass in a Healthcare Setting

Date: April 3, 2019 (Duration: 1 Day)

Location: London

All staff involved in the operational conduct or oversight of clinical research across NHS, academic and commercial research units including Data Managers, Study Monitors, Research Managers, Study Coordinators, Sponsor representatives and other site staff.

The NHS R&D Forum has partnered with the Association of Clinical Data Management to deliver this master class for research management, support and leadership teams working in and for a health and care setting.

Ensuring high quality research data is a key role for those working for NHS R&D sponsor and host organisations but they may not be data management experts themselves

For further information click here


19 December 2018 DOWNLOAD

Training Schedule 2019

Please download our Training Schedule for 2019.

12 December 2018 DOWNLOAD

16th National Annual Post ASH Update Educational Seminar -22 March 2019

Friday 22 March 2019 at Austin Court, Cambridge St, Birmingham B1 2NP 08.45-16.30

A comprehensive review of Current Best Practice & ASH 2018 Highlights by International & National Experts. Topics include a spectrum of haematological malignancies with debates and audience
participation with the experts. This is a popular and well established event with free registration and CPD accreditation.

Contact Lisa Mulroney 01902 446803 or [email protected] for more details or to book a place.


19 November 2018 DOWNLOAD

Welcome to the NHS Explained: How the Health System in England Really Works

The King’s Fund has launched a free MOOC aimed at anyone who is interested in learning more about the NHS and how it works.

The NHS explained: how the health system in England really works is a free four week course, which aims to build knowledge of the health system in England through articles, quizzes and videos with experts from The King’s Fund. Studying can be done each week at a time to suit you.

22 October 2018 DOWNLOAD

Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research

Free online training which will help you find out how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated to improve healthcare for all.The MOOC continues to have extremely good feedback and is also being used more and more as an Induction tool, again with excellent feedback. 

This  course is all about this process of discovery and how it is used to improve healthcare. It includes a detailed look at why we do research and how we do it. This to demonstrated through cases studies covering topics such as how research is helping to find new ways of treating and providing care for some of the major diseases including cancer and dementia. The course focuses on the important ethical questions raised by clinical research and takes a look into the future.

08 October 2018 DOWNLOAD

Join Dementia Research e-learning for researchers
CRN have launched a great new training system for all researchers who use Join Dementia Research to recruit to their studies.
This interactive e-learning makes it easier than ever before for researchers to quickly get to grips with all aspects of Join Dementia Research, so that they can use the service as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The e-learning is divided into several modules, with a quick knowledge check at the end to aid with understanding.
29 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Health Research Futures

Health Research Futures is a free online course that explores a range of topics in clinical research, including the changing role of nurses, compassion and ethics, and the importance of patients.

The four week course is designed to prompt discussion and debate within the health and care workforce and offers valuable continuing professional development (CPD) for those engaged in health and care research design and delivery.

The course includes:

  • Twelve podcasts (three per week)

  • Short weekly quiz

  • Live online discussion forum every week, led by Professor Allan Gaw, Associate Director for Educational Quality Standards, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network

Course starts Monday May 21 May 2018.

Sign up today: Go to and select 'Public Courses'

Health Research Futures awards four hours of CPD certified by the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network.

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Making IRAS Work for Your Research Amendments - WEBINAR

We have developed a webinar; Making IRAS Work for Your Research Amendments which is aimed at anyone who undertakes research in a NHS setting. This is a basic introduction to amending an existing IRAS application.

Please click below to access the Webimar (approx 20 mins).

For your certifiate or any queries please email: [email protected]

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

IRAS/HRA for Sponsors/Research Teams - WEBINAR

We have developed a webinar; IRAS/HRA which is aimed at anyone who undertakes research in an NHS setting. This is a basic introduction to the IRAS process for applying for NHS permission to undertake research with NHS patients.

Please click on the link below to access the Webinar (time approx 30 mins).

For your certificate or any queries please email: [email protected]


01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Launch of HE/NIHR ICA Programme for non-medical healthcare professionals

Date: 01 March 2018
Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are pleased to announce that the Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme for non-medical healthcare professionals launches the fourth competition rounds for its doctoral and post-doctoral schemes today.

The programme, which is funded by Health Education England (HEE) and jointly managed with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), provides opportunities to undertake fully funded clinical research, research training and professional development whilst maintaining clinical practice and salary.

The programme consists of five levels; Internships, Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships, Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships, Clinical Lectureships and Senior Clinical Lectureships. Today’s launch relates to the doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

The ICA programme is open to a wide range of non-medical healthcare professionals who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development.

For more information visit:

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Clinical Research is Everyone's Business

Clinical research  is at the heart of improving healthcare for all.  The aim of this short video is to help all health and social care professionals to understand what clinical research delivery is and  how to support it.

Watch the video to find out:

  • Why clinical research is at the core of the NHS
  • How to respond to patient questions about clinical research
  • How to help patients get involved in clinical research

Clinical research is everyone's future. (Full Video Approx 9 minutes)

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

HRA Guidance for Researchers regarding Data Protection

Please see the link for the latest guidance from the HRA on this subject

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

HRA eLearning

The HRA has a growing programme of eLearning modules designed to support researchers, R&D staff, study sponsors, research ethics committee members and the wider research community. Most of these modules allow you free access without needing to register and use a password. However, if you require certificate of completion please register on our Learning Management System.

The new eLearning modules include:

  1. Medical devices
  2. Use of the HRA Schedule of Events
  3. Research involving participants lacking mental capacity
  4. Research involving exposure to ionising radiation
  5. Research involving human tissue
  6. Confidentiality and information governance considerations in research
01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treaments MOOC

Starting 23 January 2017

This free online course from Cancer Research UK, will explore the science behind new targeted cancer treatments, how they work, and the patients they benefit. We’ll look at the side effects these treatments can cause and understand the impact they have on patients’ quality of life. Then discover some of the innovative approaches on the horizon and debate the future of cancer treatment.

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Tumours By Cancer Site

National Cancer Registration & Analysis Service -Cancer Information Tools

This site has modules which define key facts about each individual tumour site including causes and risk factors as well as key signs and symptoms. Each module details the anatomy and physiology for the specified sites as well as details on abstracting, coding, diagnosis and staging followed by the different types of treatment options.

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Study Support Service Overview

For an overview of the Study Support Service and what it involves please see the following Videoscribe:

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Stand By Me (Dementia)

If you have a NHS email address, please go to to register for an account. When selecting from the options under "Please select your region followed by your trust", choose NHSCLU to access the Stand By Me free e-learning course.

If you do not have a NHS email address, please email [email protected] or call 0844 770 3770 to request an account. (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm).

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Understanding Cancer Modules

The e-learning hub for the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN)

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD

Genomics for Primary Care


The use of genomics in medicine provides incredible opportunities and new ways to predict, prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Funded by Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) and working in partnership with key stakeholders from Genomics England, NHSE and other professional bodies, the RCGP is creating educational and training resources to ensure that the Primary Care workforce of today and the future is equipped to respond to the fast-paced developments in genomics.

Genomics Webinars

01 August 2018 DOWNLOAD