Saturday 20th January 2018

York Foundation Trust R&D Unit


Contact us

For general enquiries please

PostYork Foundation Trust R&D Unit,
Learning and Research Centre,
York Hospital,
Wigginton Road,
York YO31 8HE

Telephone iconTelephone: 01904 726996

Fax iconFax: 01904 725700

Email iconEmail: research.governance


The R&D Unit aims to provide a range of training and education opportunities for Trust staff. This includes:

  • Training on the Research Governance Framework 
  • Provision of in house R&D education, including: critical appraisal skills, basic statistics, research ethics and governance, understanding evidence based health care
  • Publicity for external research training opportunities

This page describes some of the training opportunities currently available. For more information about training, contact the R&D Unit. 

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training

Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPS) must be run in accordance with the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) principles set out in the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations (2004) (S1 2004/1031) and its subsequent amendments.  It is mandatory, therefore, for all researchers working on CTIMP studies to undertake GCP training.

GCP principles are also relevant to the conduct of studies that don’t involve medicinal products (non-CTIMPs).  People working solely on non-CTIMP studies may find it helpful to attend GCP training but the Trust does not insist on this.  However the Trust does make it a condition of approval that anyone taking on the role of Chief or Principal Investigator for the first time, for a Trust sponsored non-CTIMP study, attends a GCP course.

Researchers who are undertaking a GCP course for the first time should attend a full introductory course, which usually lasts one day.  An online introductory course is available through NIHR but this does not provide the opportunity for meeting other researchers or for discussion.

Having done a full introduction to GCP we ask that researchers involved in clinical trials of medical products (CTIMPs), undertake a GCP refresher course every three years.  Currently this is only available as face to face training; the course is 3 hours in length.  In addition to this, at least once a year, the R&D Unit will circulate new information about GCP, changes to legislation, and handy tips to researchers in the Trust.

A number of organisations offer GCP training but the GCP courses we recommend are those provided through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  Forthcoming dates and venues for NIHR GCP courses in Harrogate, York and Scarborough can be found below:



Introduction to GCP

Wednesday 7th February 2018 - 9am to 4.30pm - Conference Room, LaRC, York Hospital - Hilary Campbell

Wednesday 11th April - 9am to 4.30pm - Conference Room, LaRC, York Hospital


GCP Refresher Course

Wednesday 21st March - 9am to 12.30pm - Conference Room, LaRC, York Hospital


Times shown are actual beginning and end of course itself i.e. time for setting up, arrivals etc not included

For information about dates of NIHR GCP courses being held elsewhere in Yorkshire and Humber, please visit the NIHR website at

Information on how to register

Places on NIHR GCP courses must be booked through the NIHR's website at

Certificates of attendance on these courses are issued by the NIHR.

Please note that the above statement on GCP training for non-CTIMP studies and the frequency of GCP training for researchers working on CTIMP studies is based on the Trust's position on GCP training.  External sponsors of studies may have additional requirements.



National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Training Courses

The NIHR's Clinical Research Network (CRN) Coordinating Centre (CC) provides a training programme which is offered free of charge to all staff and public and patient representatives working on, or associated with, NIHR CRN Portfolio studies. Topics include governance, patient and public involvement, research knowledge and skills. For further details see NIHR CRN Training