Do you need help predicting research workload?

The Study Intensity Tool assists research teams in assessing workload and informs workforce planning decisions for studies. The tool accurately predicts the Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staffing numbers required for the efficient delivery of a specific clinical study. The Intensity Tool has been adopted widely by CRFs, BRCs, BRUs, and LCRNs across the UK and Ireland.

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.

We recommend that all staff undergo training before using the tool.

Training Dates

Q&A Session:

THU 6th JUN – 9.30 – 12:00 (click here to book your place – registration closes 13:00, 4th JUN)

Beginner’s Course:

MON 15th JUL – 13:00 – 15:30 (click here to book your place – registration closes 13:00, 12th JUL)

Clinical Trials Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc
Online courses organised by University College Cork, Ireland


Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Trials  

September 2019 – part time for 9 months – open for recruitment

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  • Introduction to Clinical Trial Design and Analysis
  • Ethics, Data Management and Quality in Clinical Trials


Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Trials

September 2019 – part time for 9 months – open for recruitment

  • Advanced Clinical Trial Design and Analysis
  • Regulated Clinical Trials and Pharmacovigilance
  • Management of Multicentre Studies


Details on the entry requirements for this can be found in their prospectus

The new Clinical Trials MSc will open for recruitment in November 2019 and more information will be circulated nearer the time.

Cancer Research UK’s ‘Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments’

Free online course

The five-week online course debunks the science behind targeted cancer therapies and how they work for patients. Hear from leading scientists and doctors involved in treating patients and advancing medicine. Experienced research nurses also share their knowledge and practical advice, and patients describe their treatment experience.

The course covers some of the latest targeted treatments and immunotherapies in bowel, lung, breast, skin and blood cancer. Delivered over a five-week period, the learning is structured in bite-sized chunks so you can select what’s most relevant to you and dip in and out at your own pace. It includes video interviews, patient case studies, quizzes and interactive discussion with the educators and others on the course, and takes approximately 2–3 hours a week.

Click here to join Cancer Research UK’s free online course Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments, starting Monday 20 May.

Other Online Resources


Edinburgh CRF is a collaboration between NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh CRF Education Core provides a programme of education for individuals engaged in clinical research. Its focus is to promote and inspire excellence in clinical research; from the inception of the research idea through to the effective dissemination of findings. This is reflected in the variety of courses offered, covering 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.

The range of courses delivered is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of the clinical research community. For a full list of current courses, dates and prices please visit


Alzheimer’s Disease Research Methodology Summer School

Following the success of the 2018 summer school, we are delighted that the Centre for Dementia Prevention (CDP) will be hosting the course again this year. 100% feedback rated the 2018 Summer School as excellent or good

Date: Monday, 10th – Thursday 13th June 2019
Edinburgh, UK

Registration Fees:
• Standard Rate (4 Days): £200
• Additional Day 5 Rate (Optional, 14th June 2019): £100


Please register via the following URL


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.

The core of the education programme is to increase and promote research capacity and capability through a multi-professional programme.

By working closely with our partners in the NHS, academic institutions, other CRF’s, and the NIHR, the Education Team ensures a cohesive standardised programme that meets the requirements of local and national research communities.

The programme currently includes:


  • NRS Introduction to Good Clinical Practice
  • NRS Good Clinical Practice Update
  • Good Research Practice (GCP for non-drug trials)
  • 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
  • CTIMP workshop
  • Laboratory Skills Workshop
  • Poster Design and Presenting Skills
  • Research, GDPR and Confidentiality
  • Early Phase Clinical Trials


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

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

27 June

28 June


UKCRFN Annual Conference 2019

Curing the 'incurable'
Interdisciplinary approaches to research