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What training do I need

We provide training for most of the research projects that we oversee.

It is the responsibility of those working in research to book the appropriate course and to ensure that training is completed prior to working on a project. If a project is in design/set-up please contact the JMRO at  

In general, if you are working on a study of an investigational medicinal product (IMP), you will need to attend the Good Clinical Practice course. If not, the research governance framework course is usually sufficient.

If you are unsure about whether your study is a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product (CTIMP) please refer to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency CTIMP algorithm.

The following training is available:

Good research practice training

In order to book onto these courses please click here and enter the relevant course code. Alternatively, you can email  




 Who  should attend


Good Clinical Practice (GCP) full course 

2 half days

Staff new to research directly involved in Trials regulated by the MHRA (i.e. drug trials and advanced therapy device trials). This course is aimed at those designing and co-ordinating trials sponsored by Barts Health and Queen Mary. If you have not previously attended a GCP course and you are likely to be working on one or more CTIMPs Sponsored by Barts Health or Queen Mary you are required to take this GCP course. 


GCP refresher  

2½  hours 

Staff attending this course must have already completed the full GCP course (GCP002). This course is focussed on MHRA regulated research but sets out ‘best practice’ for all researchers. It is mandat=ry that researchers working on CTIMPS at Queen Mary or Bartts Health attend this course every 2 years.


Good Practice for non-CTIMPs

4½  hours  

This course replaces the courses aimed specifically at 'interventional' and 'research' studies. It is suitable for researchers conducting health research in an NHS or social care setting which is not regulated by the MHRA. This includes, but is not limited to, observational studies, qualitative studies and interventional studies which do not involve drugs or devices. 


GCP for Labs  


This is a course aimed at staff working in the laboratory; handling samples from an MHRA regulated trial, such as drug trials, advanced therapy and device trials. It covers best practice when handling samples within all research.

This  course is scheduled as and when 10  people express interest by emailing: 


Planning and managing your ethical research project

2 hours

This course is suitable for people in the process of planning their research with human participants. Irrespective of whether your research includes interviews or experiments involving people, there will be ethical issues to consider and a research ethics application will need to be made. This course is open to all three Faculties within the University. It will give researchers a general understanding of research ethics and an opportunity to discuss their issues in the context of their research.




Governance training courses

1 day each

These courses cover study set up, managing a study and data management and databases respectively. Set up following a successful trial phase these courses are aimed at staff working on Barts Health and Queen Mary sponsored studies (of any type) who are new to co-ordination or who wish to broaden or strengthen their knowledge. These sessions focus on the early stages of setting up a research study. Topics covered include documents required, the research pathway and submitting high-quality projects for ethical approval.

PPI workshops 

The National Institute for Health Research University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, in partnership with UCLPartners, is running a programme of regular workshops for clinical academic researchers on patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.

The workshops aim to build researchers’ skills to effectively involve lay people in the research process, from setting research priorities to designing protocols.

For more information please visit the NIHR website here and email with any queries or to book a place.

Tissue storage

Tissue that is stored in a licensed tissue collection centre, and not being used as part of an active research project, must be registered with Graham Tate, our designated individual in accordance with the Human Tissue Act Bank License. Email

A useful free, online training exercise about tissue storage, that is certificated on completion, is provided by the Medical Research Council: Human Tissue Act training

Taking informed consent

For more information on informed consent in a healthcare setting and an interactive quiz, please visit the CETL website.

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