CRN North West London provides this course to the following:

  • Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ealing Hospital NHS Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare Trust
  • The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • West London Mental Health NHS Trust
  • West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

If the trust you are associated with is not listed above, this means that you are covered by a different CRN team and you will need to contact them in regards to training. 

If you have any queries about this course, please email 

More information about our programme of GCP courses can be found on our website.


This one day workshop is designed to provide participants with an insight into the necessary communication skills needed to receive true valid informed consent from trial participants.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Following the course, participants will have a demonstrable understanding of the SPIKES model of communication to enhance their practice back in the workplace and enable conversations with participants to be more effective.

This programme is for newly appointed members of staff.

The aim of this programme is to familiarise staff with the goals and core values of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the role the Clinical Research Network.

The session will overview the following:

  • CRN vision and what we do;
  • NIHR Performance Management & High Level Objectives (HLOs);
  • Patient, Public, Involvement & Engagement (PPIE) and Communications
  • Workforce Development

This programme is for people who have no, or very little, previous experience or training in running meetings or delivering training events. It is available to anyone, irrespective of banding or length of service, who would like to offer training or facilitate meetings.

The aim of the event is to introduce the skills of training and facilitation so delegates structure and manage meetings and training sessions to achieve an agreed outcome.

  • The objectives of the event are that by the end of the training delegates will be able to:
  • Describe the role of the facilitator/trainer and the skills required to plan and run an effective event;
  • Discuss how adults learn and the implications of this in the planning and delivery of effective events;
  • Outline the structure of a training event;
  • Demonstrate questioning and feedback skills which will enhance a learners experience;
  • Identify actions they can take at work which will further develop their confidence in the areas explored during this session.

 Programme Outline

What is the role of trainer/facilitator?

What skills are required?

How do people learn?

  •             How can we use this knowledge to ensure effective events?
  •             The structure of a training session
  •             Questioning skills
  •             Feedback skills
  •             Practice in small groups

Action planning and programme review

This workshop which has been designed to enable you to embed the core principles of valid informed consent into your daily practice and to provide a foundation upon which to build competence in the valid informed consent process in your own research setting. The course covers the ethical and legislative frameworks that underpin the research consent process, along with the principles and responsibilities of consent in clinical research, best practice and insight into the added protection required for vulnerable groups.

Expected learning outcomes:
Delegates will have a demonstrable understanding of the background and practical implications of the valid informed consent process, and the documentation which supports it. The course also sets out the roles and responsibilities of different individuals involved in the process, and the ethical and legal considerations that influence the practice of informed consent. Delegates will be able to acknowledge their personal and professional accountability when participating in the consent process, and will know where to go for further advice/support and how to develop and maintain competence in the valid informed consent process.

The aim of this programme is to provide a comprehensive discussion of the factors involved in delivering clinical research.

Who is it for?

All members of staff who have been involved in clinical research for a minimum of 6 months.

By the end of the programme delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the basic research terms, types and designs;
  • Discuss the key events which have contributed to the development of legislation and principles of research which we currently work with;
  • Describe the role of the clinical research practitioner and discuss the application of the principles of Compassion in Practice;
  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of the members in a research team;
  • Consider the principles of the valid informed consent process;
  • Explore strategies concerning effective recruitment and retention of participants onto research studies;
  • Identify the components of a research protocol and the needs for feasibility;
  • Discuss the documentation requirements throughout the life of a study;
  • Highlight the issues related to study monitoring and auditing to ensure full compliance with the study protocol and in accordance with the applicable local regulations;
  • Explore issues related to drug development and safety reporting.

Programme outline

Day 1

  • Introductions, programme outline
  • The basics & history of clinical research
  • Participant advocacy & Compassion in Practice
  • The role of the clinical research practitioner
  • Roles, responsibilities & reflections of the research team
  • An overview of patient consent
  • Recruitment & retention of participants into clinical trials

Day 2

  • Feasibility & protocol review
  • Study management & documentation
  • Monitoring, audits & MHRA inspection
  • Drug & medical device development
  • Summary quiz, action plans and programme review

Great clinical research studies depend on great Principal Investigators!

In this 2 hour workshop, we will explore:
  • the Principal Investigator's (PI's) responsibilities in leading the conduct of a study at a research site
  • what makes an effective PI and the importance of effective leadership in study identification, setup, recruitment and conduct
  • the skills and behaviours required to be an effective PI
  • How and where to access support

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