Getting started in research as a Trainee

Anyone can get involved in research.

If you have an idea for a project then email us at with an outline of what you would like to look into and how we can help you. Below are instructions from NIHR on how to complete their Good Clinical Practice training.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which all clinical research is conducted. The course can be accessed by clicking the link below.

It is important that everyone involved in research is trained or appropriately experienced to perform the specific tasks they are being asked to undertake. GCP training is a requirement set out in the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research developed by the Health Research Authority.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) offer e-learning and a certificate that is required before you can start recruiting patients and beginning research of your own in order to ensure you are following Good Clinical Practice.

The course is free for those who work with or are students of the NHS, UK universities, and other publicly funded organisations conducting and supporting clinical research.

Accessing GCP Learning Through NIHR Learn

The NIHR Learn platform is a key part of the suite of Learning Programmes, Resources and Communities actively managed by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre.

NIHR Learn is the home of our free, accredited learning programmes and is used by over 45,000 learners across the NHS and partner organisations every year.

Access to NIHR Learn is openly available to staff who work for the NHS, UK universities, and other publicly funded organisations conducting and supporting clinical research.

Creating an account in NIHR Learn

To access NIHR Learn, follow the link below or type the address directly into your browser

You will be taken to the Identity Gateway login page.

If you already have an NIHR CRN account that is used to access one of our other systems (including NIHR Hub, CPMS or ODP) your existing account details can be used to login to NIHR Learn without the need to set up a new account. Just click Login with your NIHR Account.

If you have previously registered for an account with NIHR Learn use the area headed Login with your email address to enter the username and password used to register.

Alternatively, If you are directly employed by one of our partner organisations and have an nhs, government email address click the link to Create account? (or follow this link


Navigating NIHR Learn

To access GCP online learning, choose the link from the navigation bar at the top of the screen headed GCP e-Learning.

Scroll down the page to see the different options for online learning in our Good Clinical Practice suite of courses. You will see a link for Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP eLearning). Click the button marked Click to Enter to open this course.

You can then work through the learning by following the instructions on screen. Your progress should be saved if you need to close the learning before completing all modules but your certificate will not be available until all modules have been completed.


PRISM is a free online course in Quality Improvement for trainees and is available at

What does the RCoA say on Quality Improvement in the 2010 curriculum?

Participation in audit is an essential part of anaesthesia training, which enables trainees to reflect on and review their practice and improve the delivery of anaesthetic services.

There is increasing recognition given to the value of using audit to drive meaningful change. Involving doctors in meaningful quality improvement projects develops their leadership and organisational skills and improves the quality of NHS care. The competencies involved with quality improvement projects can address the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF)32, which describes the leadership competences that doctors need to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services.

The RCoA expects trainees to participate in a quality improvement project, and by formally recognising this in the CCT Curriculum and by evaluating a trainee’s endeavours in the realms of improvement, it will enable credit to be given.

PRISM is a free, improvement science website that will provide the tools specifically for anaesthetists and the perioperative multidisciplinary team to deliver good QI projects.

Level 1 is an introductory module comprising of 9 chapters covering all of the requirements of annex G syllabus required to CCT.