Research Practice Series

Research Practice Series

The following short Research Practice Series (RPS) courses build upon the training given in Good Research Practice for Health Care Research.


Informed Consent: Ethical, legal and practical aspects in clinical research

This workshop will focus on the legal and practical issues around obtaining informed consent from those participating in clinical research, including vulnerable groups who require additional safeguards including children.  It will also cover consent issues relating to the use of human tissue and data in research.  The workshop will consist of a mixture of short presentations and activities.  It is designed for anyone who is involved in the informed consent process in clinical research. 

  • Monday 22nd May 2023, 9.30-1pm in the Suttie Centre, room 201, Foresterhill Site, Aberdeen.
  • Wednesday 11th October, 9.30-1pm in the Suttie Centre, room 201, Foresterhill Site, Aberdeen

Booking is essential, please contact


The Ethics Process

This course is run through North of Scotland Research Ethics Service (NoSRES). The Scientific officer leads the sessions. It offers practical help to those finding their way around the ethics process for either the first time, or who have questions regarding the process. It gives hints and tips on applying for ethical approval and gives details of the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS). All researchers are welcome to attend, but especially those who are required to prepare and submit ethical applications. 

Course dates for 2023 held via Microsoft Teams

  • 28th February 10.00 - 12.30
  • 16th May 10.00 - 12.30
  • 21st November 10 - 12.30

Please contact the NoSRES team on to book a place or for further details.


NEW Virtual Information Sessions By Appointment from the NHS North of Scotland Research Ethics Service (NoSRES)

Do you have a question for the Ethics Team? E.g. What is IRAS? Do I need NHS Ethics? What is the HRA? Who are the NHS North of Scotland Research Ethics team?

The team are offering 15-minute virtual appointments via MS Teams on the following dates:

Table of date and time slots for virtual meetings with the NoSRES team
Date Start Finish
28th March 2023 11:00am 1:00pm
24th April 2023 11:00am 1:00pm
30th May 2023 11:00am 1:00pm

Contact to book an appointment or to email with any other queries.


Study Documentation

This course builds upon the materials covered in the GCP (Core) course. It makes reference to relevant policies and legislation, such as: Local Standard Operating Procedures; GCP; Data Protection and Information Governance. The course includes elements such as Study Set Up, Training Records; Setting up and Management of Trial Master Files and Archiving. All researchers are welcome to attend, but especially those who are managing study documentation. 

Details of future courses will be available soon.

Lab Skills Training for Clinical Research Staff

This UKCRF Education Network Lab Skills training programme is an interactive modular course. It is designed to cover both theory and practical aspects of working in a laboratory. It includes topics on legislation, risk assessment, dealing with samples, using lab equipment and Dangerous Goods Regulations. It will involve both classroom and lab based sessions. This Lab skills programme is aimed at new Research Nurses or RNs who have never had any laboratory skills training.

Please contact for further information.

For enquiries about the delivery of Informal Lab Skills training for Research Nurses or Health Care Support Workers supporting Clinical Trials in NHS Boards other than NHS Grampian, please contact

Research Nurse Induction Programme / Clinical Research Awareness Sessions 

Whilst these sessions are primarily for new Clinical Research Nurses, they may be a good opportunity for more experienced Clinical Researchers & Clinical Trial Managers to attend as a skills refresher or an awareness session for staff who are new to Clinical Research.

Places are limited and booking is essential by emailing: 

If you are a student new to health-related research, Good Research Practice for Health Care Research (non-drug) is recommended. 

The programme will be facilitated by NHSG R&D and delivered by NHSG R&D and senior research staff.

Session Title Presenter Date Time Venue
1. The Research Team - Roles & Responsibilities (mainly applicable for CRNs) Gillian Dowds & Christina Petkov Monday 13th March 10:30-12:00 Suttie Centre, Room 201, Foresterhill
2. Study Set Up from Interest to Initiation Alison McBain Thursday 30th March 10:00-11:30 Suttie Centre, Room 218, Foresterhill
3. Research Practice Series: Study Documentation (condensed) Rory Lynch & Caroline Campbell Thursday 30th March 11:30-13:00 Suttie Centre, Room 218, Foresterhill
4. Research Practice Series: The Process of Informed Consent (condensed) Christina Petkov Wednesday 5th April 09:30-11:00 Health Sciences Building, Room 115, Foresterhill
5. The Participant Pathway - Recruitment & Retention Pauline Ganley Wednesday 5th April 11:00-12:30 Health Sciences Building, Room 115, Foresterhill
6. How do we ensure quality? Maggie Connon Wednesday 26th April 09:30-11:00 Health Sciences Building, Room 115, Foresterhill
7. Study Close Out Lynn MacKay Wednesday 26th April 11:00-12:30 Health Sciences Building, Room 115, Foresterhill


If you are interested in finding out more, please email


Clinical Skills Update & Competency Assessment

This is not currently running.

This training is for ALL Research Nurses & associated staff involved in research studies and who require competency assessment. It is mandatory on an annual basis.

Our course flyer will be available here for future dates for all our RPS and other courses/seminars. Email us at: to enquire about availability and for further information.

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