Welcome to the training section for researchers, select the relevant training session from this list:

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.

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Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships

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.

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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.

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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.

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Edge training

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.

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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.

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Epic functionality training

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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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 and face-to-face training for the GCP Full Course, Refresher and Laboratory sessions, led by our trainer Shirley Hallam MRQA.

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. The Refresher course fee is £30 and the Introduction to GCP (Full) course is £60.00. Here are the GCP training courses that R&D is offering for 2024:

Date Course Title Duration Location
Tuesday 12 March GCP for Laboratory Staff 2 hours – 09:00-11:00 Online
Thursday 25April GCP Refresher 2 hours – 09.00-11.00 On campus
Tuesday 4 June Introduction to GCP 4 hours – 09.00-13.00 On campus
Tuesday 4 June GCP Refresher 2 hours – 14:00-16:00 On campus
Tuesday 9 July GCP for Laboratory Staff 2 hours – 14.00-16.00 Online
Thursday 19 September GCP Refresher 2 hours – 09.00-11.00 Online
Thursday 17 October Introduction to GCP 4 hours – 09.00-13.00 On campus
Thursday 17 October GCP for Laboratory Staff 2 hours – 14.00-16.00 On campus
Tuesday 19 November GCP Refresher 2 hours – 14.00-16.00 Online

Please remember to send Lauren Basham a copy of your certificate(s) to ensure your training records are kept up to date.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Epigeum no longer supports any GCP trainings. If you have not completed your training via Epigeum you will no longer be able to log back in and complete.

Booking your GCP training with R&D

To facilitate a smoother process, CUH R&D have moved to an online booking system via Eventbrite. Please self-register here, selecting your date and type of training.

For the details of online GCP Full courses, please refer to the CUH R&D website.

Online training from NIHR

NIHR also offers online full and refresher GCP training, which is free of charge to NIHR, NHS and UK universities. Visit the NIHR website for more details on GCP training: note that for online sessions you will need to register on NIHR Learn (link below). Once you have created your account, follow the steps on their website to start your training. Remember to send a copy of your certificate(s) to Lauren Basham in R&D to ensure your training records are kept up-to-date.

Register with NIHR Learn

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Impact Intros – monthly networking sessions for researchers

Are you interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability? Do you have an idea for improving patient health, but you’re not sure where to start?

Cambridge Enterprise is pleased to be announcing the launch of ‘Impact Intros’ on the clinical campus. Drop in at your convenience to meet with our staff for informal discussions about how we can help you. Make new connections with researchers and clinicians sharing common interests and complementary skills, and grow your network to transform your idea into reality. Impact intros are designed to facilitate conversations and collaborations from all sectors, disciplines, and industries across the Cambridge ecosystem.

Impact Intros will be held on the last Wednesday of the month, 3.30-5.30pm at Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre. Find out more.

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

The NIHR CRN provides a range of research training including:

  • 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).

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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.

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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:

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Discover more about the NIHR Cambridge BRC

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

Events Calendar

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