Research training and education

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust takes seriously its role of ensuring staff are well supported, trained and, if appropriate, supervised in their research endeavours. It offers a variety of research training sessions, research funding opportunities as well as the chance for research staff to meet and share best practice and research experiences.

Charity-funded fellowships

The Trust is committed to supporting the training and development of staff at our hospitals so that they can carry out pioneering and world-class research into heart and lung diseases.

As part of this commitment the Research Office, in partnership with the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, offer Charity-funded Fellowships for non-medical health professionals. The award allows staff to undertake up to 12 months of research in order to develop their research skills and produce data to win further funding.

Research induction programme

The research office runs a regular research induction programme to assist new researchers in getting started in their research activities. It is recommended induction is delivered within your first four to six weeks at the Trust and will include:

  • Research office staff and support - what we do and who to contact
  • Research review and approval processes 
  • Key research policies in the Trust
  • An opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on your research idea.

If you are interested in attending an induction session please contact the research development manager for further details.

Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) guide

The Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) is a single system for applying for permissions and approvals for health and social/community care research in the UK.

The online guide is available on the IRAS website.

The aim of this online guide is to provide clear instructions on the use of IRAS. This guide is designed to help those who apply for approvals, as well as those who review and/or authorise projects to familiarise themselves with IRAS and get the best out of it.

Research tissue governance training

The Trust holds licenses under the Human Tissue Act 2004 to store relevant material for use for a scheduled purpose, including research.

If you would like to attend research tissue governance training please contact the tissue governance manager. 

Good clinical practice (GCP) training

Before any Trust researchers can engage in a research project they must complete GCP training. The Trust also expects all researchers working on clinical trials to undergo a refresher course every two years.

The research office runs taught GCP introduction and refresher courses approximately every two months. GCP training is accredited by NIHR. The research office will be advertising course dates along with details of how to book a place via Trust-wide emails or on notice boards in the Trust.

NIHR also runs on-line introduction and refresher GCP courses. To access the NIHR CRN GCP e-learning course you will first need to register for an account on NIHR learning management system. If you have not already registered, read this guidance notes on the GCP e-learning booking process.

Please contact the research governance manager in the research office to obtain any further information about the above courses.

We have also put together a helpful guide on how to create a CRN Learn account (doc, 17.3KB). 

Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO)

CATO is the AHSC’s post-graduate academic training hub offering information on academic careers, recruitment, training and funding. It provides a range of opportunities and resources for doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists interested in pursuing a clinical academic career. Read more

Research quarterly forum

This forum is for all professions that play a pivotal role in the delivery of research within the trust (nurses, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, study coordinators).

The aim of the forum is to develop well motivated, competent and proficient research staff who collaborate actively with one another.

The Trust now requires all staff working in a supporting role in clinical research to attend research quarterly meetings as often as possible. Attendance will be reviewed. The forum encourages staff to become active participants in the meeting.

To get involved and be informed of the agenda at the next meeting, please contact the RQF Steering Group.

Allied health professional forum

The Trust has an active programme of research led by Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), Healthcare Scientists (HCSs) and Nurses which is overseen by the AHP/HCS/Nurse Research Committee.

The Committee meets quarterly and provides an open environment for discussion of strategic and operational research issues. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Committee Secretariat.