Training Resources

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Learn

NIHR Learn provides a range of free resources to develop your knowledge of clinical research.

Courses include:

  • Informed consent
  • Fundamentals of clinical research
  • Principal investigator training
  • Good Clinical Practice (see below)

To book and to access all training please click on the following link:

Research and Development Forum

Details of virtual and in person events can be found on the Research and Development Forum website.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is a set of internationally recognised ethical and scientific quality requirements that must be followed when designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials that involve people.

GCP training is a mandatory requirement for all staff involved in research in the NHS. In Barnsley GCP training must be renewed every 2 years.

NIHR Learn also provide a range of other research courses including:

Informed consent

Fundamentals of clinical research

Principal investigator training

Research CV

To go alongside your GCP certificate you will need a Research CV.

This CV will show your relevant clinical and research experience and prove that you are trained to the required standard for research at the trust

Click here for a template.(internal access only)

Submit a wet signed CV at the same time as your updated GCP certificate, ensuring it has been updated.


Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

BHNFT Standard operating procedures have been written to outline detailed instructions which must be followed  to achieve uniformity of the performance of specific functions, processes and procedures when approving, managing and conducting research.

For a full list of current SOPS click here (internal access only)

Bespoke training

The Barnsley Research and Development team run an internal education programme. Bespoke sessions can also be provided. If you interested in attending or would like training delivered within your area please contact us

Associate Principal Investigator Scheme

The Associate PI Scheme is a six month in-work training opportunity, providing practical experience for healthcare professionals starting their research career.

People who would not normally have the opportunity to take part in clinical research in their day to day role have the chance to experience what it means to work on and deliver a NIHR portfolio trial under the mentorship of an enthusiastic Local PI.

Participating healthcare professionals receive formal recognition of engagement in NIHR Portfolio research studies through the certification of Associate PI status, endorsed by the NIHR and Royal Colleges.

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