Clinical Research Practitioner Directory

Thank you to all who responded in the consultation period 20 August to 18 October 2019. The Consultation is now closed but if you have any comments or questions about the initiative please contact Carolyn Duff on A reply to feedback received will be posted on this webpage early in the new year. 

Background to the consultation

In early 2018, the Department of Health gave approval for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) to develop the professional identity of Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) in a staged approach. In collaboration with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS), the CRP Directory was launched in September 2018 and over 500 CRPs are now publicly listed. The initiative to implement accredited registration for CRPs is therefore gathering pace and past, current and anticipated next stages are illustrated below. The current stage is highlighted red.

Draft Scope and Standards for CRPs

Draft documentation has been developed through serial iteration involving a range of key stakeholders, including CRPs, other health and care professionals and senior managers and leaders within organisations. Draft Scope of Practice for CRPs and Draft Standards of Proficiency for CRPs are now available for your review and feedback on whether these are fit for purpose. These documents are accompanied by a short position paper on the initiative.

Information on the NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework (IWF) is also shared. The IWF offers a common language for description of roles in research delivery and is referenced within the Draft Scope of Practice for CRPs. The domains of the IWF are aligned to the Draft Standards of Proficiency for CRPs. Eligibility to register and evidence to be assessed in a process of application to meet standards are currently being defined within guidance.

Receiving Your Response

Thank you for taking the time to consider developments in this initiative. Your response to this consultation is valuable and will contribute to shaping the introduction of accredited registration for CRPs. Therefore, we would appreciate capture of your view via the linked Feedback Form. The form will remain open for responses until 18th October, 2019.