Clinical Research Practitioner Directory

What is the CRP Directory?

The Clinical Research Practitioner Directory was established to help create a community of practice for Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) and lay the foundation for defining professional identity and establishing an accredited register for this diverse group.

CRPs work in research delivery roles that involve direct contact with patients, or other study participants, in a clinical environment or another health and social care setting. They bring a wealth of research knowledge and expertise to research delivery teams, working alongside nurses and others to deliver safe, ethical and high quality clinical research care.

The CRP role has developed in recent years in response to a changing research landscape and the growth of clinical research activity. The CRP Directory sits within the regulatory framework, administrative functions and oversight of the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).

Who is the CRP Directory aimed at and why?

The CRP Directory is aimed at CRPs who are not registered to a healthcare profession and working in a research delivery role that involves direct contact with patients or other study participants and is the point of entry for CRPs shaping their profession. The term CRP is an umbrella title for the family of roles in research delivery that have a patient/participant-facing element within clinical environments and other health and social care settings. These roles include Clinical Studies Officer, Research Practitioner, Clinical Trials Practitioner, Clinical Trials Officer, among others.

Review of CRP Registration by the Professional Standards Authority

The significant amount of work undertaken by the NIHR and AHCS team to establish the accredited CRP register was submitted to the Professional Standards Authority in December 2019.  The process involved proposing a Notification of Change to the Authority which set out the reasons for and benefits of the new part of the register.

The PSA Accreditation Team undertook a rigorous assessment of the application, including taking feedback about the applying organisation from third parties and carrying out a documentary review related to the proposed change.  The Accreditation team summary report to the Moderator (a member of the Authority’s Director-level staff) included recommendation on whether to accept the change. AHCS received final approval from the PSA in April 2020. No Conditions or Recommendations were issued and the details of the assessment decision are posted on the PSA website at the bottom of this page.

CRP Registration Documents

Key documents submitted for review by the PSA in December 2019 are now issued as V1.0 | April 2020