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The Academy of Research and Improvement is committed to providing and supporting you to find the right training for you, whether it be developing your skills to critique a paper about your clinical area, training to take part in a specific research study, or undertaking more formal research training towards an Masters in Research (MRes) or PhD.


If you would like to brush up or develop your research and improvement skills consider one of our workshops.

Research training

If you are working with the Academy to deliver a research project within the NHS, you will need to undertake research training. The extent of the training will depend on the project you are involved with and can vary from a workshop in informed consent, to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.

GCP is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which clinical research is conducted. Familiarisation of the principles of GCP is required for all researchers undertaking their projects in Solent NHS Trust.

We are able to offer research training sessions tailored to the type of research you are involved in, and your role in that research. These sessions include: the practicalities of undertaking a research project, informed consent for research, being a Principal Investigator, adverse events and documentation. These sessions provide guidance based on the principles of GCP and NHS research governance, but do not go into detail about the clinical trials regulations that cover research involving medicines and devices.

We are really lucky to have two regional NIHR GCP Training Facilitators and they are able to provide the full day NIHR Introduction to GCP course which covers the clinical trials regulations. GCP training is transferable between organisations and is mandatory for those who undertake clinical trials involving medicines or devices. To access the full GCP training, or to access the online training, you will need to create an account on the NIHR Learning Management System.

Further information on how to book onto this training is available from research@solent.nhs.uk.

Formal research training and clinical academic careers

More formal research training is available in the form of a MRes or as part of a PhD. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) runs a number of fellowship schemes that can buy you out of your clinical post on a full or part time basis, allowing you to undertake these programmes and think about developing a clinical academic career. Take a look at the NIHR guide here.

The links below set out the schemes available and provide information about how and where to apply for clinical academic fellowships.

If you would like to discuss training options or clinical academic careers further please contact us.

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