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CLINICAL RESEARCH PRACTITIONERS: A CELEBRATION EVENT
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CLINICAL RESEARCH PRACTITIONERS: A CELEBRATION EVENT
28th May 2021
I am delighted to confirm that on Friday 21st May 2021 Tracey Collishaw, Clinical Research Practitioner from Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust was awarded The Academy for Healthcare Science Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Clinical Research Practitioner!! This is really deserved recognition for all your hard work and dedication, congratulations Tracey.
We are currently offering presentations to research teams in the East Midlands about the CRPs and the registration process if you would like to know more please contact Stephanie.Kings-Jones@nihr.ac.uk CRP Lead for East Midlands
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06 November 2020
Did you know there is a Research Delivery Staff Learning Community on NIHR Learn, well there is now a dedicated platform for CRPs too ! Here is the link, Engaging your Local NHS: Research Delivery Staff Learning Community
As we have seen over the recent months, collaboration is key. Therefore the decision has been made to host the CRP community within the Research Delivery Staff Learning community to allow all research staff to connect with each other within one platform. We will be adding to our existing plethora of resources and there will be more opportunities to discuss issues with colleagues nationally.
Expert Blogs you might have missed
Janice Paterson, CRNCC Workforce Intelligence Manager, talked through the journey to the professional registration of the Clinical Research Practitioner in her blog ‘A bright Future for Clinical Research Practitioners’. Leigh Franks, a CRP from West Midlands, has followed Janice’s blog by giving an insight into a day in the life of a CRP.
In August, Eleanor Hoverd, a Research Nurse, and Ann Devrell, a Public Research Champion, discussed how they drive change together via cross communication networks to improve research awareness in their area.
You can find our full selection of Expert Blogs here!
Community in focus!
To ensure that the community continues to provide support and relevant information to help frontline research staff engage with their colleagues, there is also a focus group made up of a varied team of volunteers that are representative of the wider workforce. We hope that this group will help us to continuously improve the space by establishing what is missing and what works well.
Help to spread the message during Covid-19 Pandemic
Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) are on the front line of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The NIHR is leading a rapid response that is harnessing the research capabilities of our research infrastructure. Covid-19 studies are already open and CRPs are involved in supporting this vitally important work. If you have colleagues interested in joining the CRP register please send them this link
05 May 2020
As at 14th April 2020, there is no fee to join or re-join the CRP Directory. Once established, a £30 fee will apply when you are joining the CRP Register. If you have paid your £10 joining fee and are already listed on the CRP Directory then the fee you will pay to register will be £20 for the first year.
You can the join CRP Directory here
A listing on the CRP Directory does not guarantee eligibility to join a CRP register. CRP registration processes are being piloted currently.
30 April 2020
On 22 April 2020, the Academy for Healthcare Science received final approval from the Professional Standards Authority for the Notification of Change to add Clinical Research Practitioners to the Academy Register, submitted in December 2019 .
The Authority decided that the changes would not negatively impact on the Academy’s compliance with the PSA Accreditation Standards for the Academy Register and so approved the change. The change was approved by a Moderator following a review of evidence gathered by the Accreditation team and supplied by the Academy. No conditions or recommendations were issued and the decision is now published on the Professional Standards Authority website . The document describing the detail of the assessment is accessible here.
Accredited registration for CRPs has been warmly welcomed by Janet Monkman, CEO AHCS and Dr William van’t Hoff, CEO NIHR Clinical Research Network. The CRP Directory website is being refreshed to reflect this important development.
03 September 2019
Consultation on the following documents is now open on the CRP Directory website
A process to implement accredited registration for Clinical Research Practitioners
Draft Scope of Practice v0.4
Draft Standards of Proficiency v0.8
We would like to invite you to participate in the consultation.
Responses to the consultation will remain open until Friday 27th September 2019.
In addition the Clinical Research Network National Coordinating Centre have adapted the CRP Survey and would like to invite local CRPs to complete a survey.
31 May 2019
Clinical Research Practitioner Directory Bulletin - Issue 2
The Road to Recognition
The way the NHS recruits, develops and supports its people will be crucial to delivering the vision set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. To make the plan a reality we know the NHS will need more staff working in rewarding roles, within a supportive culture, where there are meaningful opportunities for career development and progression.
You may access the Clinical Research Practitioner Directory Bulletin here
12 October 2018
The Clinical Research Practitioner Directory was launched at a national event in Leeds on 27 September 2018.
Just over 250 early adopters were listed on the Directory, many from the East Midlands that had registered an interest. Whilst the free early adopter places are now closed, the Directory is now public and open to search and to join to become listed and involved in consultations on the project as it moves forward.
You may access the Clinical Research Practitioner Directory from here. You can check if you have been registered by searching for your name. You can check who has been registered within your area by searching by your area.
Further information can be found in the Project Briefing Note which you may access from here.
26 June 2018
All the presentations, group work and photos from the CRN East Midlands Local Practitioner 2018 event are available to view from here
Dr Susan Hamer has replied to your postcard
If my manager does not accept the idea, can I still go on the register?
Yes being on the register is personal to you and your practice.
Will we be standardising our education and training processes?
We will be trying to achieve clarity around roles and associated skills initially by using the Integrated Workforce Framework this will lead to more consistency in how individuals are recruited and developed.
Will the Host organisation accept the classification of Clinical Research Practitioner?
It is perhaps easier to think of Clinical Research Practitioner as a family name with different family members inside it. We would expect that in time employers will seek to ensure that members of the Clinical Research Practitioner family are on the accredited register
29 May 2018
Update from Ruth Wallbank Workforce Intelligence Officer CRN National Coordinating Centre
In each Connect we will update you on the progress of the Clinical Research Practitioner Project. This month’s edition also points you to some helpful resources for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It provides updates on Clinical Research Network (CRN) activity to improve research delivery, from digital innovation to working with the CQC. We also share with you a selection of learning opportunities, an outworking of our desire to put good learning in your hands. This desire is echoed by Susan Hamer, Director of Nursing, Learning and Organisation Development in the article we signpost at the end of this Connect.
25 January 2018
Dr Susan Hamer, Director of Nursing, Learning and Organisational Development, NIHR Clinical Research Network
The Department of Health have approved that the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) will now proceed with a proposal to develop the professional identity of Clinical Research Practitioners through a staged approach. Find more information in the link below.
05 January 2018
Happy New Year
We are pleased to confirm that the Department of Health (DH) are supportive of the proposed approach to take forward developing the professional identity of Clinical Research Practitioners, advising that they are happy for the CRN to proceed with this project. The CRN Co-ordinating Centre are currently working up a summary of the proposal and we will share this with you all as soon as it is available.
As mentioned in the recent newsletter, a national meeting will take place on 1 March 2018 in Leeds. Each LCRN has been allocated a small number of places and we are looking for Practitioners across the East Midlands who would like to be involved in driving this forward and taking a local leadership role. There would be an expectation that you are able to contribute to this work and willing to share national messages by presenting at local events in the East Midlands. A draft agenda can be found here. You can register your interest in attending the event by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. DH will be supporting the event on 1 March and also attending.
We are planning to hold another local event for Practitioners early to mid April, to share messages from the national event. A save the date mail will be sent out shortly and we hope to see many of you there.
24 November 2017
Deirdre Brooking is a Senior Clinical Research Practitioner at the Research and Innovation Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Middlesex. Taking inspiration from an NIHR event for Clinical Research Practitioners Deirdre became an early adopter of the NIHR CRN Integrated Workforce Framework (IWF) and a champion for this resource locally. In this second blog she gives us insight into the role of a Clinical Research Practitioner and describes how she and her colleagues have used the IWF to describe capability and support opportunities for progression.
"This is a classic example of how Research Practitioners are effectively Project Managers. As a lead practitioner I liaised with the clinical staff, clinic receptionist and the research team to support recruitment to this study. I’m pleased to say we managed to recruit 12 patients in one week. "
26 October 2017
Various meetings have taken place with the Department of Health regarding the possibility of Practitioners become part of the Healthcare Scientist workforce. A proposal is being put forward to work with the Academy of Healthcare Scientists to put together a Directory in the first instance. This could then progress to a voluntary accredited register with the educational pathway to follow. The NIHR CRN Coordinating Centre are going to launch a monthly newsletter to keep Practitioners updated.
Fiona O'Neill has been leading on this nationally and unfortunately she left the CRN at the end of August however a new Head of Learning Development and Design in the Workforce Learning and Organisational Development team at the Coordinating Centre has been recently appointed to post. His name is John Castledine and I'm sure John will pick this up in due course. John is one of the speakers at our upcoming Research Forum on 29 November 2017.
We will, of course, continue to keep you all informed of any developments.