Clinical Research Practitioner Directory

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Research Practitioner Directory & Register Questions

 

Clinical Research Practitioner Directory

 

Clinical Research Practitioners Register Questions

 

Clinical Research Practitioner Directory & Register Questions

1. What is a Clinical Research Practitioner?

The term Clinical Research Practitioner (CRP) serves as an umbrella title for a family of roles in research delivery that have or have had a patient-facing element and where the post holder isn’t currently registered to a healthcare profession. Clinical Research Practitioner therefore includes job titles like, for example, Clinical Studies Officer, Research Practitioner, Clinical Trials Practitioner, Clinical Trials Officer and many others. Those in CRP roles are often degree graduates, though not always. CRPs may also be working in leadership and management roles.

2. Is the CRP Directory and Accredited Register for all healthcare professionals involved in research?

No. The CRP Directory and Accredited Register is intended for those individuals who are currently not registered as a healthcare professional. Statutory regulation applies for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, who have all qualified as healthcare professionals through specific education and training.

Clinical Research Practitioners have entered the research delivery workforce through other routes, predominantly as degree graduates but also as experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds for example by progression through roles in healthcare, clinical research delivery, the life sciences industry or business.  

There are overlapping identities in clinical research delivery and Clinical Research Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in research may also see themselves as Clinical Research Practitioners. However, registration as a CRP is not intended for professionals who are already registered. If you are a registered professional looking for advice about your career and community, we recommend discussing this with the lead nurse, research nurses or AHP leads in your area.

 

3. What’s the difference between the CRP Directory and the Accredited Register for CRPs?

The CRP Directory supports a community of practice for Clinical Research Practitioners and provides the foundation for ongoing development of the CRP Profession.

To be listed on the CRP Directory, CRPs must be working in a research delivery role in the UK that involves direct contact with patients or other study participants, or leadership or management of such roles and who are normally not registered to a healthcare profession.

The CRP Accredited Register is part of the Professional Standards Authority’s accredited register programme that supports over 90,000 practitioners across different health and care occupational groups.

CRPs wishing to join the CRP register will need to meet defined standards of proficiency and provide evidence of this that has been confirmed locally before submission to the AHCS.

4. Will my details be safe?

The information in your CRP Directory account and associated with the Accredited Register will be held in line with AHCS Privacy and Legal Policy. A data sharing agreement exists between the NIHR Clinical Research Network and the AHCS for the purpose of understanding more about the CRP workforce and informing future developments.

 

5. What do I need to do to prepare to register as a CRP?

A defined Scope of Practice and Standards of Proficiency set for the CRP Register will apply to all registrants. You will need to prepare a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates that the Standards of Proficiency are met by addressing set requirements in relation to your practice experience, training and education as defined within the quality assurance framework for the CRP register. Guidance documents and application templates are available on the CRP website together with a step-by-step guide on what to expect when accessing the AHCS portal. We also encourage you to use the NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework (IWF) Resources  alongside your local competency framework to assist you with your application.

6. How do I change my personal details on my applications once my application has been completed?

Once the application has been completed, the account has been locked and therefore, the CRP needs to email the CRP Administrator team with what changes needs to be made to their profile.

 

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7. I’m on the CRP Directory, is there an annual renewal fee to stay listed?

No. It is free to join and remain listed on the CRP Directory.

 

8. I live in Spain; can I join the Clinical Research Practitioner Directory?

Unfortunately no, the Directory and Register is for Clinical Research Practitioners working in the United Kingdom.

9. How to search for a CRP on the Directory?

To search for a CRP on the Directory, copy and paste this link into a webpage: https://crp.ahcs.ac.uk/search/18/clinical-research-practitioner-directory. Then you can search for the CRP by searching for their: Name, ID Number, Town / City (They live in).

Clinical Research Practitioners Register Questions

10. When and how can I join the Accredited Register?

The Register is normally open. There may be times when we need to close the application portal for a short time. If this becomes necessary, we will inform you through the CRP Directory Communications and this website.

Those who wish to join can do so here: https://crpregister.ahcs.ac.uk/. Applicants must already be listed on the CRP Directory.

 

11. Who is eligible to register as a CRP?

CRPs are members of the research delivery workforce, working in clinical environments and other health and social care settings. CRP registration is for those working comfortably at practitioner level, independently of pay for the role. The Skills for Health Career Framework provides additional detail that is indicative for the type of responsibility held by practitioners. The CRP Register is therefore intended for experienced CRPs who have developed their skills and knowledge over time and registration as a CRP is currently open to applicants holding a degree (or equivalent education). A route to access CRP registration for experienced practitioners who do not hold a degree will be available in the near future.

 

 

12. I am married, do I need to produce my marriage certificate?

Yes, if documentation is in the maiden name, the CRP will have to show proof of marriage and upload this into their ‘portfolio’ section.

Within the ‘personal details’ section of the application, the box ‘Have you ever been known by another name?’ needs to be ticked and the drop-down box needs to be filled in with the previous’ the CRP’s previous last names.

13. I have been married more than once with documents in several names, what shall I do?

In this situation, all documentation will need to be uploaded into the ‘portfolio’ section in the application. Within the ‘personal details’ section of the application, the box ‘Have you ever been known by another name?’ needs to be ticked and the drop-down box needs to be filled in with the previous’ the CRP’s previous name.

14. Do I need to make another AHCS portal account when signing up to the Clinical Research Practitioner Register?

No, when signing up to the Clinical Research Practitioner Register, the CRP will need to use the same account they used for the CRP Directory. As the CRP needs to be on the CRP Directory in order to sign up to the CRP Register. CRPs who successfully join the Accredited Register do not have to remain on the Directory.

15. I don’t have an undergraduate degree; can I join the Clinical Research Practitioner Directory?

Yes

16. My undergraduate degree wasn’t awarded by an UK institution, can I still sign up to the Register?

Yes, the CRP can sign up to the Register. If the degree qualification was awarded by a non-UK institution, then the CRP will have to upload a copy of ‘UK ENIC’ (Formerly known as NARIC) certification indicating comparability with UK standards.

17. What qualifications do I need to show when making an application to the register?

When uploading qualifications, the CRP needs to provide a scanned copy of their degree certification (multiple documents can be uploaded) and a copy of a current Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certificate.

18. Can documents relevant to the application be signed electronically through Word/PDF if I am working from home?

Yes, the documents can be signed electronically. It is important that managers and the registered professional involved in the submission have the opportunity to be engaged in the process. Therefore, the application needs to be planned and time put aside for all input, including signatures.

19. Once on the CRP register, I need to keep proof of my CPD. Is there a certain amount of CPD that I must maintain each year?

There is not a prescribed amount of CPD defined for registered CRPs. Being part of the register provides an opportunity to take a planned approach to undertaking learning and development and keeping records of that.  You will be asked to provide assurance about CPD as part of the annual renewal of registration and you could be asked to submit your CPD portfolio to the Academy Registrar. https://www.ahcs.ac.uk/our-registers/hcs-register/continuing-professional-development/

20. I have previous research experience but am not currently working in research. Can I still sign up in case I wish to return to research delivery at some point in the future?

If you are not currently working in a research delivery role or leading and managing others in such a role it would not be appropriate for you to join the Directory or Register. You may wish to stay informed through regular visits to the CRP website.

21. Can research staff of any banding apply to the CRP register or do applicants need to be band 5 and above?

The pay band or title of your role is not related to the eligibility criteria to join the CRP register. Applicants and their managers should examine the applicant’s eligibility carefully before starting an application.

22. Who can confirm my application? Does it have to be a line manager?

Your line manager or a senior manager is required to sign off the whole application as this provides confirmation of assurance. 

The professional development conversation within the document of assurance needs to be signed off by a statutory registered professional and a PIN or Registration Number is required.

23. Where can I access the Good Clinical Practice training?

The NIHR offers Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training, please use this link to access the training: https://sites.google.com/a/nihr.ac.uk/crn-learn-help/home

24. How can I access the CRP Community Space on the NIHR Learn Platform?

NIHR Learn Platform now includes a CRP Community space to enable connection and sharing of updates and experiences or to seek advice from your fellow CRPs. It is open to everyone on the CRP Directory and CRP Register and it is a fantastic way to collaborate with others within your profession. 

To access the CRP Community Space on the NIHR Learn Platform, please use this link: https://learn.nihr.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=815 .

This site requires an access key, to access the enrolment key, please fill out this form: NIHR Learn CRP community 

25. Who do I contact for support in regard to GCP training?

Please use this link for support in regard in to GCP training: https://sites.google.com/a/nihr.ac.uk/crn-learn-help/contact-us

26. Do I need to need to submit a Competency Framework with my application?

The use of competency frameworks and supporting tools, including the NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework, enable a structured and evidenced based approach to skills and knowledge development in your role as a CRP. There is an expectation that CRPs will have used a relevant competency framework, or similar tool such as an induction framework, as part of professional development. There are examples included on the CRP website.

If you haven’t used a competency framework or similar, you need to discuss this with your manager and colleagues responsible for workforce development in your area. You will then be able to use one of the available competency frameworks to work through to ensure that you have the relevant skills and knowledge at the appropriate level before you proceed to making an application to the CRP Register.

Confirmation by your line manager that a competency framework, or equivalent evident based approach to knowledge and skills development is in place, is an essential requirement for registration as a CRP.  You do not need to submit your development tool but you do need to ensure you have had the opportunity to work through a structured approach to knowledge and skills development before applying to the register.

27. What if I have problems with getting someone to supervise my communication skills within documented assurance?

The pandemic and associated changes in working practices do sometimes present a challenge for assurance of your communication style. It may not now be possible to have someone directly observe your interaction with a patient or volunteer study participant.

Please consider being creative in the examples you use. For example, you may document a description of feedback you have had about your effectiveness in using online technologies to facilitate communication.

Although recent examples are preferable, you can also refer to examples when you have been observed by a colleague up to three years ago. The Documented Assurance of Practice Development template has been modified to clarify this requirement.

28. Who do I contact at the AHCS if I have more questions about the CRP Directory and/or CRP Register?

Please email crpadmin@ahcs.ac.uk