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NIHR launches Clinical Research Practitioner Directory

Date: 27 September 2018

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN), in collaboration with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS), today launched the Clinical Research Practitioner Directory.

The Directory provides the foundation to further develop the professional identity of CRPs and establish a means of accredited registration, similar to that found in nursing, pharmacy and other allied health professions.

Under the AHCS Accredited Registers programme, practitioners on the register may display the Accredited Register quality mark of the Professional Standards Authority to show that their robust standards have been met.

Dr Janice Paterson, Workforce Intelligence Manager at the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said:

“It is an exciting time to be a Clinical Research Practitioner. Accredited Registration will make a huge difference to CRPs and patients. It not only means the skills and expertise of CRPs can be assured to patients and the public but also the professional identity of Clinical Research Practitioners as a group will be more widely recognised within Healthcare Science, the clinical research workforce and the wider NHS.”

Dr Fiona O’Neill, Associate Director at NIHR Clinical Research Network and Business Change Lead for the project said:

“Clinical Research Practitioners bring a wealth of research knowledge and expertise to the delivery of safe, ethical and high quality clinical research care – their journey to recognition begins today.”

The NIHR Directory for Clinical Research Practitioners already lists 250 early adopters from the CRP Community. It is now open to eligible candidates able to confirm that their clinical research job or role involves direct contact with patients and activity in clinical environments and/or other health and social care research settings. There is a £10 joining fee.

Find out more and apply here:

In the video clip, Clinical Research Practitioner Kayleigh Gilbert talks about her role and her anticipation of an accredited register for CRPs, sharing what this development will mean personally and how it will support the professional identity of CRPs as a group.  

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