Education and Training

The CRF is committed to providing training and education regarding the conduct of clinical trials and investigator led studies.

Our experienced team regularly delivers ICH-GCP Training to investigators and study site staff, both initial GCP training (4.5 hours) and refresher GCP course (2.5 hours).

Good Clinical Practice Course (Full Course – 2 courses per year) – 

The following content is included:

  • Rules & Regulations governing Clinical Research
  • Principles of Good Clinical Practice
  • Investigator Responsibilities
  • Informed Consent workshop
  • Adverse event/Serious Adverse Event workshop

Good Clinical Practice Course (Refresher Course – 2 courses per year)

The following content is included:

  • Principles of Good Clinical Practice
  • Investigator Responsibilities

Both courses are recognised by TransCelerate BioPharma and enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors.

The course has category 1 Bord Altranais approval for Continuing Education Units (CEU) – 3.5 points. Physicians who attend are eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI).

NOTE: Face-to-face ICH-GCP courses are currently suspended due to COVID-19. However, the CRF-C is now running these courses online. CPD points are not applicable for these online courses.

SHO Training Scheme

The CRF is the only research facility in Ireland to provide a three month academic rotation program offered to trainee doctors as part of their basic specialist training scheme.
The position allows medical SHOs with an interest in academic medicine to further their experience in clinical and translational research by spending three months working within the Clinical Research Facility. During this time, the SHO will work with the CRF on existing studies within the unit and gain experience of working in a highly regulated environment, adherence and understanding of ICH-GCP, project management of studies and working within a quality framework. This post also comes with protected time to enable the SHO to conduct their own research.

It will be necessary for candidates to identify a particular area of research interest and have a project planned prior to commencing in the CRF. 

How do they  apply?

Completing the Research and Innovation online application form.

If you are on the campus of St James’s Hospital, you can access the link directly from the R&I Office intranet site. Otherwise, please email; to receive the link to the external research application form.

More information about the application process is available in the guidance section. It also includes information that might be helpful when planning your project, such as the ethics application requirements, data protection and informed consent.