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Institute of Clinical Research Gets Chance to Offer Training for Clinical Staff

The worlds of medicine and of Further Education came together as one with the news that the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) was awarded the contract to provide further training for staff working in the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN).

The ICR will be providing Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for experienced staff working on the UKCRN trials. This contract was the result of a long competitive tendering process with applications from suitably qualified organisations and individuals across the nation. The courses are to be run at a range of locations starting in the second half of 2006.

The Course

The course has been developed with the implementation of good practice in mind and is set to offer a practical insight into the history and application of regulations within clinical research. It is to be delivered through a blend of trainer input, group discussions and practical workshops. Amongst the areas covered will be an outline of the history and purpose of GCP, roles and responsibilities in clinical research, essential documentation, the EU Directives and GCP in action.

The training on offer is expected to offer benefits to all new clinical research personnel. They will also receive a copy of the International Conference on Harmonisation (IHF) GCP guidelines and the EU Directives on Clinical Trials and GCP, allowing them the greatest awareness of directives surrounding the subject possible.

The UKCRN launched its training and education programme for members of the clinical research team working on the UKCRN portfolio of trials in July of 2005. There are a number of different modules tackling the various issues, including courses which introduce staff to the principles of GCP.


The ICR has a history of commitment to improving clinical excellence through the provision of training programmes. The latest announcement is a further addition to ICR’s suite of training programmes which, through its collaboration with Cranfield University, offers Members post-graduate certificates, diplomas, Masters of Science degrees and PhDs in Clinical Research and its own certificate and diploma exam.

Martin Robinson, who is the Principal Training Consultant at the ICR, said: “This is great news for the ICR and further recognition of our ability to deliver quality training. The Institute is firmly committed to the provision of training opportunities for clinical researchers to complement their professional development and provides a wide range of cost effective training courses relevant to all aspects of clinical research, both as open and in-company courses.”

Jethro Marsh

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