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Training Opportunities

Good Clinical Practice face-to-face training

GCP is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which all clinical research is conducted. By undertaking GCP, you’re able to demonstrate the rights, safety and well-being of your research participants are protected, and that the data collected are reliable.

GCP training should be refreshed every 2 years in line with our training policy, which you can read here.

Please note due to current advice as a result of COVID-19, courses may be postponed or cancelled.

  • Introduction to Good Clinical Practice, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth House, Wednesday 13th May, 8:45am – 4:30pm;
  • Introduction to Good Clinical Practice, Poole Hospital, Education Centre, Tuesday 21st July, 9:00am – 4:30pm;
  • Good Clinical Practice Refresher, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Tuesday 9th June, 9:00am – 12:30pm.

If you would like to know dates for sessions further afield (i.e. Southampton, Basingstoke, Winchester and Portsmouth), please email Research Ethics.

Online GCP training

You can undertake the training online by registering for an account here. On this website you can find full GCP e-learning, GCP refresher e-learning and also training surrounding areas such as informed consent in adults lacking capacity.

Please note, refresher sessions and the online refresher training are only available to those that have undertaken the Introduction to Good Clinical Practice course or e-learning, within the last 2 years.

If you’re interested in attending GCP training, please email Research Ethics to find out how to book onto a session.


Other local training

Please note due to current advice as a result of COVID-19, courses may be postponed or cancelled.

  • NIHR CRN* Informed Consent training, Thursday 7th May, 8:30am – 12:30pm, University Hospital Southampton, Level C, West Wing, NIHR WTCRF, Southampton, SO16 6YD;
  • NIHR CRN Informed Consent training, Thursday 7th May, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, University Hospital Southampton, Level C, West Wing, NIHR WTCRF, Southampton, SO16 6YD;
  • NIHR CRN Informed Consent training, Friday 26th June, 08:45am – 1:00pm, CRN Wessex, Unit 7, Berrywood Business Village, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 2UN

Email Research Ethics to find out how to book onto one of these sessions.

*National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network

  • Locally-run Valid Informed Consent training – contact Research Ethics for further information and to schedule a time that suits you.

Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework (RKEDF)

As part of the RKEDF Academics and Researchers can book onto the following sessions, either as a one-to-one meeting or a bespoke team session:

If you are a PGR, there is also a Clinical Governance workshop as part of the Researcher Development Programme.


Online training

  • There are also free online modules surrounding areas such as consent with adults lacking capacity, and the Good Clinical Practice e-learning modules, via the NIHR Learn website;
  • Similarly, the Health Research Authority offer free e-learning, and learning tailored to student researchers and their supervisors;
  • The Medical Research Council offer e-learning modules via their Learning Management System.  e-learning courses include:
    • Good Research Practice
    • Research, GDPR and Confidentiality
    • Research and human tissue legislation
    • IRAS
  • All courses are free to access – all you need to do is set up an account and make a start!