Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for researchers

Why GCP Training?

Everyone involved in the conduct of clinical research must have training to ensure they are best prepared to undertake their responsibilities. This is laid down in the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care 2005, covering all research in the NHS in England, and in law for those people working on clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMP’s or drug trials).

The principles of GCP state, “Each individual involved in conducting a trial should be qualified by education, training and experience to perform his or her respective task(s).” 2.8, E6 Guideline for Good Clinical Practice.

GCP has become the gold standard for conducting research and as such everyone involved in research within the Trust should attend the training.

How often do you need to complete GCP training?

The current guideline within the Foundation Trust is that GCP training should be undertaken every two years. This gives a balance between keeping up to date with changes and managing busy clinical schedules. Once the ‘Introduction to GCP’ course has been completed you will then only need to attend the ‘Refresher’ course as an update.

GCP training available

GCP training is currently available as a full day ‘Introduction to GCP’ course and as a half day ‘Refresher’ course. They are written and provided by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and delivered across the region by Research Department staff.

The courses are available free of charge to NHS staff involved in research and can be attended at any of the sites within Hampshire that are offering them. To see available dates and sites, and to book yourself on a course please register on the NIHR website

Any queries or for advice on registering please contact the Research Department.

Online GCP training

The NIHR also provide GCP training as an online course. This is also free of charge to NHS staff involved in research and can be accessed through the NIHR website






updated 2 May 2017