Research training for non CTIMP studies

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Training is provided to ensure to the high-level principles of good research management and practice. The key aim being to underpin high-quality ethical research.

Everyone involved in the conduct of research studies must have training to ensure they are best prepared to carry out their duties. This is laid down by the relevant regulatory authorities, covering all research in the NHS in England.


What this means at Leicester’s Hospitals

It is currently a requirement within Leicester’s Hospitals that all researchers attend a Research training session every three years.

For studies not sponsored by Leicester’s Hospitals, it is recommended that you check with your Sponsor with regards to their research training requirements and also refer to the Host training SOP requirements.

The following sessions are aimed at researchers who will be undertaking research that does NOT involve investigational medicinal products. Please note, if you later wish to work on a clinical study that involves investigational medicinal products (CTIMP), further training will be required.

What training do we provide?

Research training for Non CTIMP studies is provided in four bite size sessions. If you are new to research, you will need to attend two sessions in the first instance. Those who have completed previous training are only required to attend one session (although researchers are welcome to attend more if they wish). It is recommended that the chosen session is appropriate to your role in the research study.

The training is valid for 3 years. It is recommended that the decision as to which sessions are appropriate for you to attend should be taken in collaboration with the Principal Investigator to best facilitate the research.

More information on training requirements can be found in the training SOP, S-1008.

The following bite size sessions will be offered:

Session 1 – Documentation, Data Management, Quality Assurance & Quality Control.

The session covers why and how researchers are required to document their research practices, case report completion, documentation within participant medical records and the types of quality assurance/control systems that are utilised within a research study.

Session 2 – Essential Documentation for the Conduct of a Research Study.

This covers what essential documents are, their purpose in relation to a research study, how they are maintained within a Trial Master File/Investigator Site File throughout the study lifecycle.

Session 3 – Sample Management.

This covers why and how researchers are required to undertake management and chain of custody for samples collected for research purposes. Confirmation of consent (where applicable) and tracking of sample collection, preparation, analysis, storage, transfer/receipt and destruction.

Session 4 – Serious Adverse Event Reporting. This covers the reasons why safety reporting is important, the requirements for reporting events and the process involved in reporting serious adverse events.

The email for notification of completed training is valid for 3 years, so must be retained as proof of completion.

 How do I book a place for the bite size sessions?

These sessions cannot be booked via eUHL/HELM.

Please view the calendar on our Training and Development page to see upcoming sessions and dates.

For further information and to book a place on one of the sessions please contact

For researchers undertaking National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Portfolio studies, you can also access Research and Consent training through the Training and Development Team of the Clinical Research Network East Midlands.

The University of Leicester provides Research training for non CTIMP studies (principles of GCP) training, which is available to all university and hospital staff. This training session is primarily aimed at Chief and Principal Investigators but will be open to all study staff should spaces be available. It is also suitable to those new to research or those refreshing their GCP-1 training.

To book a place please contact

University of Leicester training dates and venues.