Developing the research workforce

The theme for these articles is ‘developing the research workforce’.

Having a skilled research workforce embedded in our health service is crucial. It helps to safeguard patients and improve their research experience, as well as ensuring high quality research is conducted which leads to reliable results. It is also one of the reasons that makes England an attractive prospect for commercial clinical research.

These articles highlight a range of initiatives that are helping to grow the nation’s research expertise.

Dementia consultation

Bridging the gap

Assessing a person with dementia in a research study can be complex and requires a high level of skill and expertise. Having experienced raters available can affect whether the life-sciences industry choose to run a study in the UK. We investigate an innovative programme to increase the number of raters in the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN), so that more dementia studies can be set up in the NHS in England.

PI training proves to be a masterclass

We reveal how an innovative training course is supporting improvements in research delivery oversight by principal investigators.

Engaging global communities in research learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relatively new way to learn. They make learning accessible and engaging to people all over the world. We look at how the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has utilised this pioneering delivery model to bring clinical research learning to more than 12,000 people across the globe.