Education courses for researchers

The Education Team undertakes to deliver a range of courses which are tailored to meet the needs of researchers.

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Our Education courses include a nationally agreed NHS Research Scotland (NRS) GCP training programme with the aim of ensuring a standardised approach to good clinical practice.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinical research

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording, and reporting studies that involve human participants.

We offer a choice of face to face NRS courses on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinical research or live Tayside Trainer-led sessions online (MS Teams). All courses are open for registration.

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice

This course is a practical introduction to the subject and comprises short topics with a clinical research monitoring exercise to help consolidate and apply training.

Date(s) Venue Time
Monday 29 January 2024 F2F 09:30-16:30*
Tuesday, Wednesday 26 & 27 March 2024 Online 09:30-12:30
Thursday 25 April 2024 F2F 09:30-16:30*
Monday 19 August 2024 F2F  09:30-16:30*
Wednesday 23 October 2024 F2F 09:30-16:30*
Tuesday, Wednesday 3 & 4 December 2024 Online 09:30-12:30

* Face to Face (F2F) at Improvement Academy, Level 5, Ninewells Hospital

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Update

This course is regularly updated to include the most recent changes to legislation and GCP process with up to date clinical research context and examples.

All courses are online on the following dates:

Day Date Time
Tuesday  27 February 2024  09:30-12:30
Thursday  13 June 2024  09:30-12:30
Monday  9 September 2024 09:30-12:30
Tuesday 19 November  2024  09:30-12:30

Further NRS Introduction to GCP/Update GCP courses are offered by other Scottish Health Boards via the NRS Portal.

Alternatively, researchers can undertake NIHR online training. NIHR website: Good Clinical Practice

To complete the online training, register with NIHR and select the course appropriate to your needs. Once the course is completed you will receive your certificate.

Education sessions

Online sessions of 30-60 minutes are offered covering a wide range of clinical research topics.

Date Title Time
31 January 2024 Innovation in Tayside - Creating better solutions to meet new challenges 13:00-14:00
6 February 2024 The What, Why, How and Who of the SoECAT for Research Funding Applications 13:00-14:00
21 February 2024 Constructing a Clinical Research Protocol 13:00-14:00
13 March 2024 Using Statistics for Clinical Research 13:00-14:00
24 April 2024 Collaborating for Clinical Research across Scotland 13:00-14:00
21 May 2024 Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Clinical Research 13:00 - 14:00
25 June 2024 Alleviate Pain Data Hub: Using data to alleviate chronic pain  13:00-14:00
20 August 2024 NIHR Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme - From Healthcare Professional to Researcher 13:00 - 14:00
17 September 2024  Using the Clinical Research Data Ecosystem - Trusted Research Environment (TRE)  13:00 - 14:00

Upcoming topics:

  • Completing a DPIA: Data Protection Impact Assessment
  • TriNetX - Global Health Research Network

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Laboratories

The GCP for Laboratories course is primarily intended for lab staff who handle human samples but may also be of interest to research nurses and other staff who regularly process bloods, use centrifuges, and store samples.

This is an annual course for NHS and University staff and students.

  • Tuesday 4 June 2024: 11:00 - 12:00

Further information

Courses are free of charge to NHS, Universities or Higher Education

Industry fees (ex VAT)

Introduction to GCP £290
GCP Update £180
Education sessions £75
GCP for Labs £90

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