Study Intensity Tool Training

Do you need help predicting research workload?

The Study Intensity Tool is designed to assist with workforce planning. It measures activity of nursing, laboratory, imaging and other research activity and calculates research specific time for each group in whole time equivalents (WTE) – helping define which staff groups will be active on the study. The tool measures the intensity and complexity of each individual study visit for the entire study and aids prospective planning during study set up. It can also assist in the costing of trials and grant bids. New functionality has been added to version 13 based on user feedback, and there is now a paediatrics standalone version. We recommend that all staff undergo training before using the tool. You can learn more about the tool works and its benefits, read more on our blog post here.

The Study Intensity Tool (SIT) Online Training

Study Intensity Tool - Beginner Training

We run webinars to train staff on how to use the Study Intensity Tool using a validated study protocol and provide tips on how to input your own studies into the tool. Training is applicable to both the adult and paediatric tool.

The training video is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long. The webinar will be available for three hours to allow enough time to pause the training and practice using the tool, following along with the demonstration.

New dates will be posted after Easter – in the meantime please see the on demand link below


On demand version:
You can also access the same training ‘on demand’ at any time. Please allow at least two hours to complete the training, and only register when you are ready to complete the training in full. To access the ‘on demand’ training click here, and documents for the training can be found here.

Study Intensity Tool - Live Q&A Session

We are now running monthly 1 hour live Q&A sessions.

Please ensure you complete the training before attending a Q&A session.

These are drop-in sessions, and do not require registration. The MS Links link for the session will be attached to the monthly training bulletin that goes out to CRF Managers, Directors and Training Leads for sharing. If you do not receive the link please email [email protected]

Next sessions: 

  • 18th April – 13:00 – 14:00
  • 17th May – 12:00 – 13:00

Study Intensity Tool - Training for Vaccination Studies

The Group have recorded a training video showing a demonstration of the tool using one of the national vaccination study protocols, as well a video introduction to the tool for new users.

This training is now available via an ‘on demand’ webinar that you can access and watch any time.

To register and access the training, please click here.

Training FAQ

1. Where can I download the Study Intensity Tool and supporting documents?


2. What documents do I need to complete the training?

  • The best way to learn how to use the Study Intensity Tool is by practice. The second part of the training offers a demonstration of the tool using our test study protocol. It is recommended that you pause the training and practice inputting data directly into your tool. You will therefore need to download the Study Intensity Tool v13.0 – Adults and Test Protocol v4.0 (see question 1)
  • We also offer supporting documents including ‘Study Intensity Tool FAQs’, a copy of the presentation and a copy of a completed tool using the test protocol


3. I am having trouble accessing the training, what can I do?

  • The training link works best in a Chrome or Firefox browser
  • Do not open the link using remote access / VPN as this may cause issues, instead please forward the link to an email you can access on your computer (without VPN)
  • If you are still having a problem, it may be your NHS Trust firewall. We are aware that several NHS Trusts in Wales do not allow the training to run. If this is the case you can either access the training from home or you can contact [email protected] and we will offer you an alternative method of accessing the training. All we need to know is the day you wish to complete the training and we will send you a different link.


4. I want to revisit the training, do I need to register again?

  • You only need to register once for the ‘on demand’ training. After you register, it will redirect you straight to the training video. You can then bookmark the page to revisit the training at a later date. You will also receive an email confirmation containing a grey “join now” button. This email can be saved and you can join the recorded webinar at any time. If you need to, you are welcome to register multiple times and you do not need to complete the evaluation form more than once.


5. Is the training applicable to Paediatrics?

  • We have two versions of the Study Intensity Tool, one for adult studies and one for paediatrics. Both tools work in the same way, with minor changes to the paediatric version to include study activities that are only application to children (such as allowing time for distraction techniques etc.). The training is therefore applicable to both tools, despite using the adult version for the demonstration. The introduction provides details of the differences between the two tools.

Advanced Therapy Education Webinar Series - 2021


Are you interested in learning more about cell and gene therapies – also known as advanced therapies?

The free webinar series on advanced therapy medical products (ATMPs) from 2020 and 2021 can still be accessed and watched online, click the links below and register for the webinar you want to access.

Target audience: healthcare professionals and others interested in advanced therapies.

The 2021 advanced therapy webinar series is still available to watch on-demand:

Gene therapy for respiratory diseases

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Eric Alton, Professor of Gene Therapy and Respiratory Medicine, Imperial college


The seminar summarises the progress of the UK Respiratory Gene Therapy Consortium’s translational research programme primarily focused on developing clinically relevant gene therapy for cystic fibrosis and including development of novel non-viral and viral vectors. It will also highlight other respiratory diseases which may benefit from the technology that has been developed.

Click here to register and access the video

Recording: Gene editing: scientific basis and clinical potential

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Kyriel Pineault, Research Associate, Imperial College London


This webinar will present a basic introduction to gene editing and highlight the differences between gene editing and gene therapy. It will provide an overview of the current clinical landscape and examine some of the available safety data. Specific examples will be provided to explore why different diseases are more or less suited to gene editing strategies. The webinar will also explore some examples of exciting work in the pre-clinical gene editing space that could progress to the clinic in the future.

Click here to register and access the video

Advanced therapy landscape in the UK

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Matthew Durdy, CEO, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult


Advanced therapies are rapidly becoming a reality in clinical practice and numbers of patients receiving these treatments are due to increase signnificantly in the coing years. This talk will outline what the landscape in the UK currently is and the efforts underway to make the UK the place to develop and deliver ATMPs.

Click here to register

The unusual case of a rare disease, spinal muscular atrophy

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Rafael Yanez, Professor of Advanced Therapy, Royal Holloway

This talk will discuss the new approaches to treating spinal muscular atrophy with advanced therapies

Click here to register

ATMPs on the horizon

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Joanne McEntee, Senior Medicines Information Pharmacist –Horizon scanning and publications lead, North West Medicines Information Centre


Joanne’s talk will focus on four ATMPs that could become available for NHS patients in 2021. She will explain how they work, how patients might benefit, how they are given and other practical issues NHS staff need to aware of. Joanne will also show you where to find out more information about ATMPs in the pipeline, and how to keep up to date with their development.

Click here to register

The 2020 advanced therapy webinar series is still available to watch on-demand:

Introduction to ATMP Manufacturing

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Ivan Wall, Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Cell & Gene Therapy Bioprocessing, Aston University

Summary: The production of novel advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) contrasts with established biomanufacturing processes for medicines that are synthetically derived (i.e. small molecule drugs) or proteins/peptides expressed by cellular systems (i.e. large molecule biopharmaceuticals). ATMPs present unique bioprocessing challenges such as limited scalability, variable quality of starting material and an inability to sterilize the final product. ATMP developers, clinical teams and patients rely on the provision of high-quality raw materials, effective logistics support, and validated, robust clinical manufacturing processes. This talk will provide a high level overview of how novel cell and gene therapies are produced and discuss some key manufacturing challenges.

Click here to register and access the video

Guide to Gene Therapy

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Uta Griesenbach, Professor of Molecular Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London


Gene therapy shows great promise for treating many diseases and is a rapidly growing field. Several gene therapies are now licensed medicines and the number is steadily increasing. This webinar provides an introduction to gene therapy and is of interest to anyone involved in either treating patients with gene therapy or looking after patients that have received gene therapy.

Click here to register and access the video

Introduction to Cell Therapy

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Sian Harding, Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute Imperial College London


Different organs in the body vary in their capacity for regeneration after injury.  Cell therapy aims to stimulate natural regeneration or introduce external stem cells to repair damage and reverse disease. This talk provides an introduction to the field of cell therapy and how this new modality can be applied to treating diseases. This webinar is relevant to anyone involved in treating patients with cell therapy or involved in their care.

Click here to register and access the video

What do I need to know about CAR T cancer therapies?

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Adam Gibb, Clinical Research Fellow, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Click here to register and access the video

Institutional readiness: governance and operational considerations

[Recording Available]

Speaker: Anne Black, Regional Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Pharmacist for the North East & North Cumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Implementing ATMPs can be disruptive to the “business as usual” aspects of running an NHS healthcare organisation. This presentation will focus on the “last 100m”, when the medicine has its marketing approval and commissioned sites have been identified but patients have not yet been treated. It will aim to provide an overview of governance, operational and clinical challenges which need to be overcome in order to implement these novel medicines which are offering real change for patients.

Click here to register and access the video

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