Apply to join the CRP Directory during the COVID-19 pandemic
Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) are on the front line of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The NIHR is leading a rapid response that is harnessing the research capabilities of our research infrastructure. Covid-19 studies are already open and CRPs involved in supporting such vitally important work. Follow this link for updates about NIHR’s response to Covid-19 https://www.nihr.ac.uk/covid-19/
Clinical care is also a top priority and many research delivery staff, not only those with a clinical qualification, are now involved in supporting the clinical response in their local organisations.
In this unprecedented time the NIHR and the AHCS will continue our work to support the professional development of CRPs and commitment to the implementation of an accredited register. To ensure we are doing all we can to support the CRP community, without putting any unnecessary demands into a system that is working at full capacity, we will focus on the continued use of the CRP Directory as a ‘pre-registration’ holding space.
The CRP Directory will provide a source of information and connection until there is capacity to focus on the implementation of the register. Those Practitioners who have joined the CRP Directory and are eligible to apply to the register will be supported with their applications. Resources being developed to support applications to register are described in the CRP Register Pilot section of this website.
The CRP Directory and the NIHR Learn platform will both be used to share information and best practices, and the latter will offer dedicated forum space to connect Practitioners together.
During this time there will be no charge to join the Directory (see further details below about how to apply to the CRP Directory). During these challenging times it is important that you feel safe and supported for any roles that you are asked to undertake. As well as working within your organisational guidelines we hope that the Scope of Practice and Standards of Proficiency for CRPs will also be useful, together with the current suite of learning resources available to all staff via the NIHR Learn platform.