Training opportunities

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

Clinical Nursing Research Group

The CNRG runs regular research workshops, training and support, and an annual Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals 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 or Sara Jones 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 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 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. For any member of staff who has not completed GCP training within the last two years, the R&D Department can offer two types of training: tutor-led and on-line training.

Tutor-led GCP courses

Half-day GCP courses are held at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The courses provide an informal but intensive overview of the fundamentals of GCP and also introduce The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.

We also offer a refresher course aimed at those who have taken the full course within the last 2 years, as well as department-specific training.

  • Full training – 3 ½ hours long plus ½ hr Research Governance – cost £60
  • Refresher – 2 hours long – cost £30
  • Dept Specific – 3 hours – cost £30
2020 Dates

We will run GCP courses on the following dates:

  • 28 January
  • 22 June
  • 23 June – please note this replaces the session originally scheduled for 31 March
  • 28 September
  • 24 November

Download and complete the GCP Registration Form and select the date you would like to attend and return with the Transfer of Expenditure form to R& For more information email Sylvie Robinson or call her on 01223 348490.

The Transfer of Expenditure form allows direct transfer of funds between Trust departments and is only for employees of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. If this does not include you and you would like us to invoice your department, then you will need to mark your registration form accordingly (i.e. non-CUH NHS FT) and provide us with your departmental budget holder, tel no, email and postal address.

Online GCP training

Online GCP training is accessible on the Epigeum website. If you have an Addenbrooke’s email address, you can access the course free of charge. Please note that you must register with Epigeum before you can undertake the course. This training is organised in 5 modules:

  • Protocol and Associated documents
  • Applications, Agreements, Approvals
  • Trial Master Files
  • Conducting the trial
  • Safety Reporting

Please note that you must register on the Epigeum site before you can undertake the course. If you do not have an Addenbrooke’s email address, but hold an honorary contract with the Trust, please email Katerina Tsartsali who can set up an account on your behalf. Please note that you must have prior approval from R&D: email or call 01223 348490 before you contact Katerina or Epigeum.

Once you have finalised your course, you must send a copy of the certificates to Sylvie Robinson in R&D.

If you experience problems logging in, please contact Sylvie in the first instance.

GCP for lab 

Cambridge Laboratories that are involved in the analysis and evaluation of samples collected as part of clinical trials (drug trials) are regulated by The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has responsibility for ensuring laboratories are compliant with these Regulations. One expectation is that all laboratory staff involved in the analysis and/or evaluation of clinical trial samples have appropriate Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. We intend to roll out GCP for labs sessions 3-4 times a year.

For more information and to subscribe to the course, please email or call 01223 348490.



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.

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.

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 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).

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)

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.

How to Build and Maintain PPI Groups (for Researchers) 17 June 2020

For all research staff planning or conducting research studies and clinical trials with patients in the NHS. The training will cover identifying suitable group members, finding, recruiting and retaining them, ways of working, providing your group with appropriate training and how to maintain involvement over the research cycle.

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 nurses, midwives and AHPs. For more information contact:


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