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RDF19 Poster Details

RDF19 Poster Detail

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Workforce resources for research nurses, research teams & employers

This session will highlight the work and resources of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) and the NIHR Clinical Research Facility Network (UKCRF Network) that translate to settings wherever research is conducted.

The IACRN vision is to enhance clinical research quality and safety through specialised nursing practice. It is a professional nursing organization, whose purpose is to define, validate and advance clinical research nursing as a specialty practice and to support the professional development of registered nurses who directly or indirectly impact the care of clinical research participants across all clinical specialties. Key outputs for IACRN include achieving recognition as a speciality practice by the American Nursing Association in 2016 with the publication of their Scope and Standards for Clinical Research Nurses. Dissemination occurs via international chapters, annual conference, webinars and international study visits.

The NIHR UK Clinical Research Facility Network is funded to identify, develop and share systems for the delivery and management of operational activities across the UK clinical research and experimental medicine infrastructure including:

  • sharing/dissemination of good practice
  • creating a support network for existing and new CRFs, BRUs and BRCs
  • developing and facilitating key, relevant projects via workstreams

The UKCRF Network has evolved into four themes to ensure the development and sharing of best practice across all 23 NIHR CRFs and the 22 others throughout Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Significant infrastructure enables theme leads to deliver a robust plan of activity in CRF Operations, Industry Collaboration, Workforce/Education and PPI. A range of tools and frameworks are available to all research staff ensuring standards are created and maintained. Key outputs include a multidisciplinary annual conference, frameworks for induction and ongoing education, study costing/management tools, industry and PPI engagement and comprehensive networking.

These organisations complement each other, providing a range of benefits to research staff everywhere.

  • Allison, Jennifer (Matron: NIHR Clinical Research Facility, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust)
NIHR Clinical Research Facility