Study Intensity Tool Training

All Study Intensity Tool training has been cancelled due to the current pandemic and clinical pressures. If you are interested in training please join our waiting list by clicking here (you can unsubscribe at any time) and we will notify you when new training dates are published. 

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 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.

All Study Intensity Tool training has been cancelled due to the current pandemic and clinical pressures. If you are interested in training please join our waiting list by clicking here (you can unsubscribe at any time) and we will notify you when new training dates are published. 

An NIHR Webinar - Open to all Clinical Research Staff

COVID-19: Translating emergent understanding of the immune response into new therapeutic strategies.

Monday 27th July – 16:30 – 18:30

Ongoing development of treatments for COVID-19 requires a coordinated response across UK’s government bodies, clinical and academic research experts and the life sciences industry. The NIHR – Respiratory Translational Research Collaboration (R-TRC) has had a significant role in coordinating the phase 2 clinical trials for new drugs during the pandemic. Another focus during this time was to support scientific research that could impact on drug selection and trial design. In this webinar, two R-TRC scientific leads, Profs Tracy Hussell and Ling-Pei Ho describe findings from the UK’s largest prospective study in immune profiling of COVID 19 patients to date (CIRCO Study) and what this means for clinical trials. The guest speaker, Prof Hal Drakesmith will present unexpected findings on serum iron levels in COVID-19 patients and how this relate to ferritin and the immune response.


Chair – Prof Stefan Marciniak

16:30 – Opening statement – Prof Ling-Pei Ho (R-TRC)

16:35-17:05 – ”Immune profiling of COVID-19 patients from point of admission to discharge – the CIRCO STUDY” Prof Tracy Hussell (University of Manchester)

17:05-17:30 – “Serum iron levels in COVID-19 patients’’ Prof Alexander (Hal) Drakesmith (University of Oxford)

17:30-17:50 – ‘’What does these findings mean for phase 2 clinical trials in COVID-19’’ Prof Ling-Pei Ho (University of Oxford and Chair of R-TRC)

17:50-18:15 – Q & A and close. Panel and Chair.

Click here for more information and to book your place

12th Annual IACRN Conference (Virtual)

International Association of Clinical Research Nurses

12th Annual Conference – a 3-DAY Virtual Experience!

October 19-21, 2020

The Year of the Nurse: Advancing Best Practices in Clinical Research Nursing Globally

The IACRN conference theme for 2020 will showcase the many and varied contributions that Clinical Research Nurses make to advancing health care globally. The World Health Organization has recognised 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife celebrating the contributions of nursing and midwifery to universal health care. This honor coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale

Poster Submissions: (deadline 20th July)

More information:

Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments

Cancer Research UK’s free online course on targeted cancer treatments now open longer for you to join

Cancer Research UK is pleased to announce that we are keeping the current run of our free online course ‘Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments’ open for longer (until June) so that learners can continue to join and benefit from its content.

The course has recently been brought right up-to-date to reflect the progress seen in this area of treatment over the last three years, with new educational content on PARP inhibitors, CDK inhibitors, CAR-T cell therapy and checkpoint inhibitors. Based on 2-3 hours’ learning per week, the course is structured over five weeks in bite-sized chunks so you can select what’s most relevant to you and dip in and out at your own pace. Discover the science behind targeted treatments and immunotherapies that are changing the landscape of cancer care through a variety of illustrated articles and videos from Elaine Vickers, expert interviews, patient case studies and quizzes.

As the course has been open for some time and given the current situation, it won’t be facilitated in the usual way, however, learners joining the course at this stage will still be able to benefit from all previous comments, answers to common questions and facilitation from the course’s expert educators, mentors and other learners, which can be found in the comments section of each step of the course.

Sign up here and start learning today:

Other Online Resources

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.

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 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