Training opportunities

Welcome to the training section for researchers, select the relevant training session from the list below. 

Commercialising your healthcare idea – drop-in sessions

Do you have a novel idea that could improve patient healthcare but not sure what to do next?

NIHR Cambridge BRC Technology Transfer Team from Cambridge Enterprise and Health Enterprise East are running free monthly one-to-one sessions to all Cambridge University Hospitals and University of Cambridge staff, to provide guidance on how to commercialise your idea.

Whatever your role at the hospital or university, no matter what stage you’re at, the team will be able to advise on how to proceed to protect and commercialise your concept.

You don’t have to work in research or have a clinical role to attend, as long as you have a new healthcare idea and are interested in seeing it developed.

The online meetings will take place between 11:00 and 13:00 on the first Wednesday of every month. Email: for more information or to book a meeting. If you are unable to make this time, contact the team and they will try and accommodate a suitable time around you. Find out more details:

Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships 2022

The Cambridge Clinic Research Fellowships scheme with Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, the Evelyn Trust and the NIHR Cambridge BRC, provides an entry point into a career in clinical academia. It provides salary support and a consumable allowance for up to one year, during which time it is anticipated that successful candidates will apply for fellowships, with a view to completing a PhD.

For any queries, please contact Ines Smith, Grant Manager.

Clinical Nursing Research Group (CRNG)

The CNRG runs regular research workshops, training and support, and an annual Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) research conference.

Previous workshops and training have included:

  • Drop-in research surgeries
  • Turning a clinical problem into a research question
  • Introduction to systematic reviews
  • Conducting a successful poster presentation

CUH Trust employees who would like to be added to the NMAHP research email distribution list, or those with an interest in research can contact Annette Aylward for more information.

Cambridge Medical Library 

The Medical Library supports the University of Cambridge and CUH, and offers various types of training and resources, tailored to suit NMAHP research needs. Examples include:

  • Databases for literature searching
  • “Teach Yourself” guides
  • Group training
  • Critical appraisal resources
  • Writing for publication

Council for Allied Health Care Professionals Research (CAHPR)

CAHPR has an East Anglia Research Hub and offers training and networking opportunities.

Email the hub lead – which can be found on their website – to ask to join the network and request more information.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training

It is Trust policy for all Research Nurses and all staff involved in clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs) to complete GCP training. The Trust accepts certification of training done in the last two years. For any member of staff who has not completed GCP training within the last two years, the R&D Department currently offers online training. Face-to-face training is not currently available, in line with current guidance.

GCP Full Online Courses

There are two online options available via either EPIGEUM or the NIHR.

The first option (EPIGEUM) is free of charge only to CUH employees, holders of Honorary Contract and Letter of Access with CUH. The second option (NIHR) is also free of charge to NIHR, NHS and UK universities.


The EPIGEUM platform is no longer active. Please email Aslihan Yener who will send you the following:

  • a confirmation email from R&D with User Guide and
  • an automated email from Epigeum inviting you to complete your registration profile and activate your account.

The course covers 5 modules. Each module has a test with a pass mark of 75%. A certificate is delivered at the end of each course.

  • Course 1: Protocol and Associated Documents
  • Course 2: Application, Agreements and Approvals
  • Course 3: Trial Master Files
  • Course 4: Conducting the trial
  • Course 5: Safety Reporting

Visit the NIHR website for more details on GCP training.

Follow the link: ‘Get started with NIHR Learn’ at the bottom of the page to register yourself with NIHR’s website and follow the steps to start your training.

Please remember to send a copy of your certificate(s) to Aslihan Yener in R&D to ensure your training records are kept up to date.

GCP update refresher 2022:

R&D also offers a series of live webinar sessions for GCP Refresher and GCP Lab courses, led by our trainer Shirley Hallam.

The GCP Refresher course is aimed at those who have undertaken the full GCP course within the last two years or have renewed their training within the last two years. Remember to attach a copy of your recent certificate with your registration form. Each session will run for 2 hours from 09.00 to 11.00. The course fee is £30.

To book a place, complete this registration form for 2022 dates and the Transfer of Expenditure form and return to Aslihan Yener.

The Transfer of Expenditure form allows direct transfer of funds between Trust departments for employees of Cambridge University Hospitals. If this does not apply to you and you would like us to raise an invoice to your department, then please mark your registration form accordingly (i.e. non-CUHNHSFT) and provide us with your departmental budget holder name, email address, telephone number and postal address.

If you can provide us with a Purchasing Order please do; it is however not compulsory unless your department requires it.

There will be a test at the end of the session. The R&D department will issue the relevant certificates following the session.

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Further training sessions are available to support researchers in setting up studies and documenting research activities in Epic. The half-day interactive sessions led by a trainer will explain features and functionalities for staff who are new to research at the Trust.

If you are a researcher new to the Trust and are yet to have your initial Epic training, you must complete initial training (either the Epic clinical review or Epic outpatient nurse courses depending on your job role) before you can book onto the research training course. To book initial Epic training please email

If you have completed initial Epic training and would like to book onto the research course, please use the same email address above but state ‘eHospital Epic Research Training‘ in the subject line.

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Since 2017 Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) have been using Edge, a Local Portfolio Management System (LPMS), to capture clinical trials data and support the delivery and maintenance of research at CUH.

If you work on studies adopted to the NIHR Portfolio, it is a mandatory requirement to upload patient recruitment data to Edge. Find out more about training information.

Informed Consent in Research

This training is for research delivery staff who have a patient-facing role; have been in practice for six months or less; who are working on or with NIHR Portfolio studies and have completed ICH-GCP training. Find out more information.

Edge End User Advanced training 

The CUH EDGE team will be launching a further stage of EDGE training called End User Advanced training – this is for staff that would like to know more functionalities of the system for their day-to-day work when capturing clinical trials data.

To attend this training you must have already completed the End User training. Contact the EDGE team for more information and for training dates.

National Institute of Health and Care Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN)

The NIHR CRN provides a range of research training including:NIHR logo 2022

  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Principal Investigator Masterclass Training
  • Advanced Research in Practice
  • Advanced Leadership Programme
  • Building Research Partnerships
  • Cancer Researchers Introductory Course
  • Essentials of Clinical Research

Find out more about NIHR CRN funding (please note users who do not have an NIHR Hub account will need to set up their own account to access this site).

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) NIHR logo 2022

The RDS aims to work with health and social care professionals and service users who want to obtain funding for research to improve health and social care.

They offer advice to researchers about research design and applying for funding, and run various workshops from developing grant applications to involving patients and the public in your research.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Training 

Run by the NIHR Cambridge BRC PPI team, these introductory sessions are open to all research staff conducting research studies and clinical trials with patients in the NHS. The events are suitable for all, but will particularly suit people who are new to PPI and need to understand what it is and for those who are thinking of submitting a grant application or setting up their first PPI project. See a list of our PPI training opportunities.

Research Skills for Clinicians

The Research Skills for Clinicians course is run annually by the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre in partnership with the Clinical School and Health Education East of England.

There are places open for NMAHPs. For more information contact:

Discover more about the NIHR Cambridge BRC

Contact us by phone, email or web for more information.

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