Welcome to the training section for researchers, select the relevant training session from the list below.
- Clinical Nursing Research Group (CNRG)
- Cambridge Medical Library
- Council for Allied Health Care Professionals Research (CAHPR)
- Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training
- Epic functionality training
- Edge training
- Edge End-User Advanced training
- National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN)
- NIHR – Presenting on the virtual stage training
- NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)
- PPI online events / training
- Research Skills for Clinicians
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
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
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.
It is Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust policy that all Research Nurses and all staff involved in clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs) complete GCP training. The Trust accepts certification of training done in the last two years.
The Trust has altered its GCP process in line with the current situation as they can no longer run face-to-face training; Epigeum has also introduced a new platform. See below for details.
Full sessions are now online via Epigeum or the NIHR:
- Epigeum – The access method for the online GCP training has recently changed. The platform you used previously to register is no longer active. Please email Aslihan Yener to register. You will receive (i) a confirmation email from R&D with an attached User Guide and (ii) 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
- NIHR – https://www.nihr.ac.uk/health-and-care-professionals/learning-and-support/good-clinical-practice.htm.
Refresher / lab sessions are now being run through webinars:
For refresher and lab sessions, the Trust is in the process of setting up live webinars with trainer Shirley Hallam and they expect the first session of the series to be scheduled for mid-November. We will post session dates on this page as they are confirmed. For more information email Sylvie Robinson or call her on 01223 348490.
Once you have completed your course, please send a copy of the certificates to Aslihan Yener in R&D to ensure your training records are kept up-to-date.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Edge at Cambridge University Hospitals
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.
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 CUHedge@addenbrookes.nhs.uk for more information and for training dates.
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).
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, this introductory session is open to all research staff conducting research studies and clinical trials with patients in the NHS. The event is 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 or see a list of our PPI training opportunities.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.