Research support staff

We are committed to developing all staff who support the initiation and delivery of clinical research, including clinical nurse researchers trial coordinators, data managers and specimen coordinators.

Alysha Malik holding test tube in haematology laboratory

Research and clinical trial awareness

We provide a variety of resources to help you understand the specialist teams and infrastructure which support clinical research at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research, London and to help you gain a broader understanding of research and develop specialist skills to support clinical trials. 

Download the Introduction to clinical research support and infrastructure booklet (PDF), which outlines the different teams that support clinical trials and includes useful contact details. 

Good clinical practice (GCP) training

Watch this space for further information.

Other resources 

Clinical Research Practitioner (CRP) Directory

The Directory is a collaboration between the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) and the Academy for Healthcare Science. The NIHR Directory for Clinical Research Practitioners has been established to create a community of practice as a foundational step in defining the professional identity of this diverse group.

Work is currently being taken forward jointly by the NIHR and the AHCS and aims to establish a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register for CRPs. More information:

NIHR Learn

Log in to the NIHR Online Learning Management System using your email address to look for courses.

Health Research Authority (HRA) online learning

The Health Research Authority offer a range of e-learning courses tailored at different staff groups delivering research.

NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework

The NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework is a national resource tool which provides a consistent and accessible way of describing the research workforce and what they do. It supports informed and productive conversations about this workforce using a common language.

Download the NIHR Integrated Workforce Framework (2017)

Download the NIHR Task, Knowledge and Competency Framework for Trial Managers  (July 2012) (PDF)