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.

The Study Intensity Tool (SIT) Online Training

The Intensity Theme Group offer monthly webinars to train staff on how to use the Study Intensity Tool. Training is applicable to both adults and pediatrics, and registration for each training session will open a month in advance. Q&A sessions are also available if you have specific questions or would like tips using the tool more effectively.

March and April training have been cancelled due to NHS clinical pressures.

Beginner Online Courses

  • FRI 27th MAR – 10:00 – 12:00 – CANCELLED
  • MON 27th APR – 09:00 – 11:00 – CANCELLED
  • THU 14th MAY – 10:00 – 12:00 (click here to book – registration closes 13:00, 12th MAY)


Q&A Sessions

  • FRI 3rd APR – 10:00 – 11:00 – CANCELLED
  • FRI 8th MAY – 11:00 – 12:00 – CANCELLED
  • WED 27th MAY – 10:00 – 11:00 (click here to book – registration closes 13:00, 26th MAY)


Join the Waiting List

If you cannot make any of these dates you can sign up for Intensity Tool training notifications by clicking here (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Other Online Resources


NIHR UCLH CRF Celebrating 10 Years

There is an event coming up at the NIHR UCLH CRF where they are celebrating the CRF’s 10 year anniversary with a series of talks and presentations from investigators, NIHR representatives, as well as patient testimonials. The event is open to all, so everyone interested is very welcome to register their place and attend!

Click here for the agenda and to register today.

Human Tissue Research Conference 2020

30th April, Glasgow

Exciting showcase of the support & infrastructure available to research in the West of Scotland Full agenda & registration. They will cover legislation and guidance on access to human tissue for research and more specifically look at current exemplar studies that utilise the Biorepository.

Click here to learn more and register

Scottish Research Nurse and Coordinator Network (SRNCN) Conference 2020

27th March, Glasgow

Celebrating Clinical Research in Glasgow

Click here to learn more and register

Clinical Research Courses in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh CRF Education Core provides a programme of education for individuals engaged in clinical research. Courses cover a wide variety subjects relating to planning and conducting research, collecting data, analysing data and communicating findings.

Below is a flavour of the variety of courses on offer. For a full list of current courses, dates and prices please visit


Clinical Research Courses in Glasgow

The Glasgow Clinical Research Facility (GCRF) Education Programme provides an extensive programme of education tailored to meet the needs of individuals involved in clinical research.

You can find further details, dates and register for these courses at:

The programme currently includes:


  • NRS Introduction to Good Clinical Practice
  • NRS Good Clinical Practice Update
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Advanced Literature Searching
  • Introduction to Patient & Public involvement
  • Good Research Practice (non-drug GCP)
  • Informed Consent  – Adults: Ethical, legal and practical aspects in clinical research
  • Paediatric Consent – The Practicalities and Legalities in taking consent for Paediatric Trials
  • Introduction to Medical Statistics (Part 1)
  • Medical Statistics (Part 2) Correlation & Regression
  • Medical Statistics (Part 3) Hypothesis Testing
  • Medical Statistics (Part 4) – Power and Sample
  • Poster Design and Presenting Skills
  • Research, GDPR and Confidentiality
  • Early Phase Clinical Trials

If you would like us to list your course on this page, please contact us.

Hosted by NIHR Leicester CRF

UKCRFN Conference Postponed until 2021