CRP Directory

Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) are crucial to delivering clinical research that is transforming treatment in the NHS and the care we receive. CRPs bring a wealth of research knowledge and expertise to research delivery teams, working alongside nurses and others to deliver safe, ethical and high quality clinical research care.

Who are Clinical Research Practitioners?

CRP is an umbrella title that applies to a family of roles that include Clinical Studies Officer, Research Practitioner, Clinical Trials Practitioner and Clinical Trials Officer and many other role titles. 

In early 2018, the Department of Health (now the Department of Health and Social Care) gave approval for the NIHR to develop the professional identity of CRPs in a staged approach. The CRP Directory was launched in September 2018 as a foundation for the development of the CRP community. In April 2020 the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), the body that sets the standards for accredited registers of people who work in health and social care, approved registration for CRPs as part of the Academy for Healthcare Science Accredited Register.

CRP Directory: A Community of Practice

The CRP Directory is a community of Clinical Research Practitioners all playing a part in shaping their professional identity and practice.


The CRP Directory is aimed at CRPs who are not registered to a healthcare profession and working in a research delivery role that involves direct contact with patients or other study participants. CRPs listed on the CRP Directory may also have joined, or be seeking to join the CRP Accredited Register.

Get connected. Stay updated. Shape your profession

By joining our growing community of CRPs and being listed on the CRP Directory you will stay updated on the accredited registration process for CRPs, be connected with fellow CRPs, have access to learning resources and  events and take the opportunity to lead your own continuing professional development.

The CRP Directory is open those who are:

  • working in a research delivery role that involves direct contact with patients and activities in clinical environments or other health and social care research settings
  • not currently registered with a healthcare profession but may have joined, or be applying to join the CRP Accredited Register

Join our growing community

CRP Accredited Register

The CRP accredited register, developed in partnership with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) was established to recognise the vital role CRPs play in research delivery, improve their professional identity and provide a clear path for the career development of CRPs.

PSA accredited registers, supported by NHS employers, set standards for practitioners working in unregulated health and care occupations. By joining the register CRPs can demonstrate they meet a defined set of standards and work within an agreed scope of practice.


More information on CRP registration and how to make an application, plus guidance for applicants and their managers, is available on the CRP website.