Reflecting on recent developments and looking forward to the year ahead.
As we welcome in the new year, it feels like just the right time to celebrate what has already been achieved, and to look forward. On behalf of the NIHR, I would like to say thank you to every CRP for the outstanding quality and commitment you have shown in your work. It is wonderful to be able to see numbers growing on both the CRP Directory and the CRP Register. If you are finding your application to register is challenging, the NIHR team is here to support you, your line manager and your colleagues so that you are enabled to complete your application. If you haven’t yet started an application to the CRP Register, we hope you can make this a resolution for 2022 and claim your professionally registered status without delay.
Since the CRP Register opened in March, almost 300 practitioners have started an application to join the CRP Register and more than 70 successful applicants are now registered CRPs. The CRP Directory has grown 70% in the past year, now listing more than 1170 practitioners and it is clear that we have a highly engaged and ever-growing and developing CRP Community of Practice working across the UK!
We are at a critical point in building momentum for growth and development of CRPs UK-wide, and this is now the central focus of a multi-stakeholder programme of work led by the NIHR. As we continue to wrestle with both high demand for delivery of research and significant workforce challenges, the role of Clinical Research Practitioners continues to be vital, as noted within the UK Government Policy Paper and Implementation Plan, Saving and improving lives: the future of UK clinical research delivery. The NIHR Programme for Growth and Development of CRPs UK-wide will be delivered through three primary workstreams of activity, addressing (i) Strategic CRP Development, (ii) CRP Community Engagement and CRP Register Growth and (iii) CRP Community, Education, and Training. The CRP Programme Charter summary is openly available to view.
Happy New Year Everyone