My name is Fiona, I am a Research Practitioner from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Kings Lynn. I have been in this role for 10 months and have come from a nutrition background. Before applying for my current job, I was not aware of the role of Clinical Research Practitioner (CRP) or how to get into the role. I am currently in the process of completing my registration for the CRP register.
Having a CRP registration will help Research Practitioners be seen as a healthcare professional and will bring awareness to the work that we do. It will also help encourage other individuals interested in the role to apply.
Before joining the CRP event that was held in March 2022, I knew about the CRP register and how to apply but not about the benefits that come with being a registered CRP, for example, the value of being a recognised healthcare professional. I found the CRP event motivated me to register and start my application to be registered as the benefits of being registered under the CRP Accredited Registered ensures that there is a set standard of practice across all CRP’s who are registered.
As an individual who is also interested in my personal development, another benefit which further encouraged me to apply for registration was the opportunity to attend events hosted by the CRP Accredited Register. This will further develop my practice, but also provide an opportunity to get to know other registered CRP’s, enhancing the sense of community and support which is needed within the up and coming role.
I found it motivating and encouraging to see the community of research practitioners joining the event and to see the enthusiasm of the speakers involved in the event. As well as the useful information provided about registering on the directory, there were also many speakers talking about their personal experience in research and how we can develop as a community.
I also felt inspired by the event. I found that during the event, there were a few individuals who were feeling confused by the event and information provided. I felt that in order to be able to develop as a community, we must support each other to create a positive environment and the opportunity for each person to develop within their role.
As a result of this, I have created a Facebook page (CRP Support Group) for research practitioners to join which can be used as a support group. It is an open space where individuals can share concerns, questions, but also their accomplishments within their role. At the time of writing this, 12 research practitioners have joined the group and this is slowly growing in members.
Anyone is free to join and to ask questions about the registration process or benefits to registering on the directory. I am also happy to organise a Teams or Zoom call with anyone who is looking for additional support or looking for inspiration to help them complete the application process.
Thank you to those involved in the CRP event, it was a very well organised and inspiring event. Also thank you to the Research Practitioners who have already joined the support group for helping others who are in the process of registering and supporting the development of the CRP community.