Recruitment into clinical trials
You can refer to this list of clinical trials that you can get involved in via the Associate Principal Investigator scheme. This list is regularly updated.
There are lots of clinical trials going on across our region in all specialities – so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get stuck in!
To recruit to clinical trials, you must first complete their Good Clinical Practice training, which is available online or as a face-to-face course. You can book this training this training via the NIHR Learn website. You will need to create a free account using your NHS or university email account to access the learning content. There is also a "GeneRAtiNg sUrgicaL rEcruiters for randomised trials" (GRANULE) course specifically designed to help you learn how to recruit patients into surgical trials.
It can be difficult to know which studies are going on in which trusts. If you are interested in taking part in patient recruitment, get in touch with your hospital’s research and development teams. You can refer to this list of clinical trials that you can get involved in via the Associate Principal Investigator scheme. This list is regularly updated.
Research in the NHS course
This course will help you develop your research skills and gain a better understanding of the NIHR Clinical Research Network and how research works in the NHS. It will also tell you about clinical research careers and other opportunities available to you. This course was commissioned by Health Education England North East (HEE NE) and is developed and delivered in collaboration with Newcastle University and the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria. The course can be booked via this link.
Doctoral Fellowships/Out-of-programme research
Out-of-programme research (OOPR) gives you the opportunity to receive high quality research training and decide how much you wish to be involved in research throughout your career.
Doctoral fellowships can be undertaken as part of the integrated academic pathway or as OOPR. Further information about doctoral training opportunities in our region can be found in the clinical academic training for doctors and dentists - Newcastle Health Innovation Partners.
OOPR can be taken at any time in speciality training (after the foundation programme in medicine and after the dental foundation and core training programmes).
OOPR is usually for two or three years and the trainee should aim to achieve a master’s degree or a PhD. Visit Health Education North East for information on how to apply and academic training.
Associate Principal Investigator Scheme
The Associate Principal Investigator scheme helps you to become a future principal investigator and also promotes engagement in NIHR portfolio research. A principal investigator (PI) is responsible for running a research study at a local site.
Your trust's research and development department can advise you on studies that are currently running at your local hospital that you can get involved in via the Associate Principal Investigator scheme.
PI training is also available on NIHR Learn and a PI Essentials course for trainees is run twice a year. A calendar of NIHR events can be found here.
The NIHR Clinical Lectureship (CL) is a post-doctoral award that provides a clinical and academic training environment for doctors and dentists to establish themselves as independent researchers and leaders.
These posts allow medical and dental trainees to apply for a clinician-scientist advanced fellowship from the Medical Research Council, Wellcome, the NIHR, or a national research charity.
To apply, you must have submitted a PhD or MD thesis and be in a higher training programme. The posts are funded by the NIHR and are supernumerary. More information about clinical lectureships can be found here.