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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Clinical Trials Management CPD course

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Clinical Trials Management CPD course

Taught over five days, this Masters level course will explore all aspects of clinical trial management including study design, set up and on-going management, as well as the roles and responsibilities of Principal or Chief Investigator. All participants will be healthcare professionals with active roles in clinical trials, and this course will further develop clinical research skills and expertise. Please note that CPD participants are expected to attend all elements of this course.

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This course is aimed specifically at healthcare professionals who currently hold active roles in clinical trials. The content is suitable for those who are relatively new to their role and those who want to develop further to be Principal or Chief Investigator. Evidence of current GCP training is essential prior to enrolling on to the module: participants must have a current Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training certificate prior to attending the module. Online training is available at >


This module is designed to enable you to build on your knowledge and skills of clinical research in order to develop your role to include undertaking roles of Principal and / or Chief Investigator for Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) and other well designed studies. The course will take the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and explore in more detail the practicalities of managing a clinical trial.

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  • Clinical trials – from concept to phase IV
  • Research in the NHS• Role of the National Institute of Health Research and Clinical Research Networks
  • Patient and public involvement in research
  • Feasibility and recruitment in clinical trials
  • Consent in clinical trials
  • Statistical considerations in clinical trials
  • Data management
  • Safety reporting in clinical trials
  • How to be a good Principal/Chief Investigator
  • Leadership skills in clinical research

Timing and location

Participants can choose to sit this course:

  • over 5 consecutive days in June
  • over 5 consecutive Wednesdays starting in November

The teaching for the November occurrence will take place remotely via Microsoft Teams. The teaching for the June occurrence will hopefully be run at one of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School campuses at Falmer, near Brighton, but this is dependent on how the situation with COVID-19 develops over the course of the year.



CPD Participants must complete a reflective survey and meet minimum attendance requirements to be awarded a course completion certificate.

Fees and funding

Eligible staff currently working in clinical research across Kent, Surrey and Sussex can apply for a free-of-charge place on this course.

Eligible staff currently working in clinical research outside of Kent, Surrey and Sussex can apply for a paid place on this course. Course fees for 2020-2021 are £750.