02 07 2019


Induction Framework for Clinical Research Staff (version 5.0, 2019)

The Induction Framework is one of our most popular tools. This year we have updated it to comply with current legislation and guidelines, and improve the layout. 

The latest version is available to download from the UKCRF Network Hub by clicking here. If you don’t have access to the Hub please complete the form by clicking here.

What is the Induction Framework?

The Induction Framework for Clinical Research Staff helps Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) and other research organisations develop a comprehensive induction programme for new starters. It has been developed by the UKCRF Network Education Group and is based on best practice from established CRFs.

The framework recommends a format for induction and is designed so that it can be adapted to meet local needs. It can be used for all potential research roles carried out by staff engaged in the conduct of clinical research. It identifies key areas and themes that should be covered within the first three months of a new employee being in post, all or some of which will be applicable depending on the individual role.

What are the benefits?

  • Clear structure that can be adapted locally
  • Reduced resources developing a new document
  • Develop staff who understand document practices, regulations and how to provide safe and professional care to patients

What topics are included?

  • Theme 1: Understanding Clinical Research
  • Theme 2: Research Governance and Ethics
  • Theme 3: Informed Consent, Recruitment and Safeguarding of Participants
  • Theme 4: Study Management
  • Theme 5: Resource Management
  • Theme 6: Information Governance, Data Protection and Data Management
  • Theme 7: Quality Control Systems and Quality Assurance in Clinical Research
  • Theme 8: Management of Biological Samples and Laboratory Safety
  • Theme 9: Management of an Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP)
  • Theme 10: Role of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research (Wales) and Health Research Board (Ireland)
  • Theme 11: Role of the UK Clinical Research Facility (UKCRF) Network
  • Theme 12: Patient & Public Involvement in Research

Supporting Documentation

The document also comes with a series of PowerPoint presentations that can be adapted and used locally.

How can the document be accessed?

The Induction Framework version 5 can be downloaded from the UKCRF Network Hub:


  • If you have access to the Hub you can download the document by clicking here.
  • If you do not have access to the Hub, please complete the form by clicking here.

UKCRF Network Guidelines & Tools

Developed for clinical research staff