The UKCRF Network develop, support and share best practice for staff education, training and development to facilitate delivery of experimental medicine studies.
The Workforce Development Team work with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Clinical Research Network (CRN) to support the education, training and development of Clinical Research Facility (CRF) staff. By developing new resources and sharing best practice, the Network supports a highly skilled workforce who employ their skills to safely deliver experimental medicine studies in the NHS.
Identify, Prioritise and Deliver Training
Support NIHR Workforce Initiatives
- Scoping and defining the expanding and valuable role of Clinical Research Practitioners (CRP)
- NIHR UK Study visits in collaboration with International Association of Clinical Research Nurses
- NIHR International Nurses Day Celebration Events
Develop and Share Training Tools
If you would like to share your CRF training tools with the Network or request for a training to be developed please contact us by clicking here. All requests will be reviewed by the Workforce Development Theme Leads and discussed at the relevant Theme Group Meeting.
Jennifer Allison, Theme Lead, presenting at the CRF Managers engagement session, July 2018
Workshop at the UKCRF Network Annual Conference in Glasgow, 2017
Theme Groups are teams of expert individuals able to offer advice and guidance on their specialist areas. Each Group works to a set of goals that help the UKCRF Network achieve its main objectives.
The Workforce Development Theme Groups are:
Education and Training Theme Group
Deputy Chair: Anna Grinbergs, NIHR Birmingham, CRF
The Education and Training Theme Group provides a forum where staff who lead on education and training in their CRF can collaborate, share expertise and develop new resources.
The Group have created guidance documents and training tools to support CRFs in training their staff. These documents are regularly reviewed and refined using feedback from CRFs. The group continues to contribute to and lead on projects derived from the Workforce Development Theme strategic objectives.
Research Nurses and Practitioners Theme Group
Group Co-chair (paediatrics): Jane Martin, NIHR Southampton CRF
The Research Nurses and Practitioners Group provides support to adult and paediatric research nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and clinical research practitioners. The Group champions the identity and contribution of clinical research staff, who are highly valued within CRFs.
Through the development of standards and best practice guidance, the Group leads on the maintenance and improvement of patient experience and safety within research, and supports the Workforce Development strategic objectives. The Group also provides a forum where nursing staff and practitioners from various CRFs come together to share ideas and expertise.
Quality Assurance Theme Group
The Quality Assurance (QA) Theme Group supports collaborative working by sharing good practice and developing guidance documents and tools. The Group develops common QA systems in CRFs to support high quality, safe and compliant research practices across the Network.
The Group also provides a forum where staff who lead on QA in their CRF can discuss QA topics via group meetings, online forums and workshops. Through collaboration the QA Group encourages a culture of continual quality improvement in every CRF in the Network.