Clinical Research Practitioner Directory

CRP Accredited Register

By joining the register CRPs can demonstrate to patients, colleagues and employers that they are skilled professionals, competent, trustworthy and committed to achieving high standards of personal behaviour and technical competence. Being part of an accredited register also provides the means to take action should there be concerns about a registrant’s fitness to practice. 

PSA accredited registers set standards for practitioners working in unregulated health and care occupations.

A successful application to an accredited register demonstrates that practitioners meet a defined set of standards and work within an agreed scope of practice.

The accredited registers programme is supported by NHS Employers


Am I eligible to join the accredited register?

  • The Register is intended for experienced CRPs who have developed their skills and knowledge over time and can demonstrate that they work at practitioner level. This means that you must have at least one years experience working at practitioner level in addition to the educational requirements (currently degree level or equivalent) and any experience you may have had working at an entry level research delivery role. CRPs working at practitioner level have a comprehensive, specialised, factual and theoretical knowledge within a field of work and an awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge (Scope of Practice for CRPs). They are able to use knowledge to solve problems creatively, make judgements which require analysis and interpretation, and actively contribute to service and self-development. They may have responsibility for supervision of staff or training. You will be required to demonstrate in your application that you meet Standards of Proficiency for CRPs.
  • Applicants need to have joined the CRP Directory before they make an application to the CRP Register.
  • The CRP Register is currently only open to CRPs who have a degree or equivalent higher education. A gateway to access professional registration as a CRP for those with significant appropriate practice experience but without a degree will be available in the near future.
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What is involved in the application process?


Confirmation of application

Confirmation of application by your manager assures that your practice as a CRP meets registration requirements. Therefore, when to make an application, will be a decision agreed between the CRP applicant and their manager and should be seen as an integral part of your continued professional development. Confirmation by line manager signature covers the following:

  • Confirmation that the applicant is working to a competency framework or equivalent evidenced based approach to knowledge and skills development *.
  • Confirmation that the applicant has discussed and appraised their practice development with a statutory registered healthcare professional.
  • Confirmation of the completion of the required statutory/mandatory training,
  • Confirmation that the applicant has a current DBS Certificate and English Language proficiency.

* – If no competency framework or equivalent evidence based approach to knowledge and skills development has been used in the applicant’s role development to date, the applicant and their manager may wish to use one of the available competency frameworks, and/or the NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework (IWF) Resources (see links below) to enable a structured and evidence-based approach to identifying areas of skills development as well as appraisal of achievements and progress already made.

Induction and Competency Frameworks – 3 web links:


Documented Assurance of Practice Development

The template provided allows for documentation of (i) the practice development conversation with a statutory registered health professional (this could be your line manager or someone else if required), (ii) two pieces of feedback and (iii) evidence of observation of communication skills.


Reflective Account 1.1 – Professional Accountability

The reflection should be focused on specific examples, such as an event or experience that can illustrate your own learning and understanding of events and how this has led to changes or improvements in your professional practice. Your reflection should include reference to one or more of the Standards 1-6 (Standards of Proficiency for CRPs) to help ensure your reflection is focused and relevant.

* – The completed document should not be longer than 2 sides of A4.


Reflective Account 1.2 – Leadership

Your reflective account should briefly describe your leadership activity in relation to either your advocacy for research or in support of the CRP profession. The leadership responsibilities are outlined in Standards 15 & 16, and these will help you to identify suitable examples that could include:

  • Your contribution to promoting research across your area of practice,
  • Examples of activities that promote understanding of the CRP profession.

* – The completed document should not be longer than 2 sides of A4.


Reflective Account 1.3 – Working Across Boundaries

You are asked to reflect on how you have approached addressing permissions or gaining access to potential participants across a professional and/or organizational boundary.

This reflection could include, for example:

  • Your experience engaging clinical teams in research,
  • Your involvement in opening up new areas of research activity, and/or,
  • Your learning from the introduction of new ways of working and how you engaged people.

For more detailed guidance on how to complete your application, please refer to the resources page on this website.


Annual Declaration & Fees

All registrants agree to keeping records of their CPD activity as part of their commitment and this is subject to audit by the AHCS.

There is an annual declaration process and fee payment of £30 to continue on the CRP Register. This payment will be taken once your application has been approved.


Benefits of joining

The benefits for you as a practitioner could include that: 

  • You gain validation of your professional identity as a skilled registered healthcare professional.
  • You offer assurance to your participants, employers and organisations. They value and recognise you as a skilled healthcare professional who works safely to high standards within your scope of practice. 
  • You demonstrate your personal commitment to high standards and continuous professional development.
  • You contribute to raising awareness of the CRP scope of practice and standards of proficiency. Therefore, you contribute to a more consistent and informed understanding of the role. 
  • You take an active part in the development of the CRP profession leading to clearer career pathways and wider opportunities for professional development. 
  • You take an active part in the development of the CRP community, you become a role model to your CRP colleagues and an advocate of the CRP role. 


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