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 and the Introduction to Good Clinical Practice.

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. 

  • Thursday 29th February 2024, 9.30-1pm, Polwarth Building, Room 3:052, Foresterhill Site, Aberdeen
  • Tuesday 28th May 2024, 9.30-1pm, Polwarth Building, Room 3:052, Foresterhill Site, Aberdeen
  • Thursday 31st October 2024, 9.30-1pm, Health Sciences Building, room 115, Foresterhill Site, Aberdeen

Booking is essential, please contact


Completing an Informed Consent form for face-to-face consent

For a reminder on completing an example Informed Consent form for face to face consent, watch this recording


Principal Investigator Roles & Responsibilities

The aim of this workshop is to equip Principal Investigators and researchers with an understanding of the key roles and responsibilities involved in conducting a research trial at site. The workshop will consist of a mixture of presentations and discussions.  It is relevant to those who are new to research and for those who would like to improve their understanding of set up, coordination and archiving of research trials.

After the Workshop, each Participant will:

  • understand the requirements of a Principal Investigator in research studies
  • understand the importance of study oversight and how to demonstrate this
  • describe the key steps of study set up and recognise important contacts
  • understand the role of the PI in leading the study team and overseeing trial activities
  • recognise the key steps for archiving a research trial


  • Wednesday 26th June via Microsoft Teams, 10.30-1pm
  • Wednesday 6th November via Microsoft Teams, 10.30-1pm

To book your place, please email the training team:


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 2024 to be confirmed 

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:

  • 2024 dates to be confirmed

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




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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