Clinical Research Practitioner Directory

Development of the CRP Accredited Register

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 as a foundation for the development of the CRP community and to provide a vehicle for communication and consultation for the development of accredited registration for CRPs.

National working group activity brought together CRPs, Clinical Research Nurses and Workforce Leaders to shape the Scope of Practice and the Standards of Proficiency in a co-creative process with experts from the AHCS. These documents were shared through a wider consultation in the autumn of 2019 and feedback from this influenced the final submission documents put forward to the Professional Standards Authority for review in December 2019.

The CRP Scope and Standards documentation, now reviewed and approved by the PSA, is available to download from the Background section of this website together with information on the NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework (IWF).

Registration as a Clinical Research Practitioner will be achieved through the presentation of evidence against the CRP Standards of Proficiency. This evidence will be confirmed locally and verified at national level by a cohort of AHCS-NIHR verifiers who will review the evidence presented. Therefore, to pilot these processes, there will be reliance on the availability of clinical colleagues to support confirmation locally and progress verification nationally.

The Briefing Note available to download below provides an overview of what will be taken forward in due course to pilot CRP registration and supporting documents available at this time are linked within.  The schematic below outlines the steps that may be progressed locally at a suitable pace.