National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework
Are you a healthcare professional looking to develop your research delivery skillset?
Are you an employer looking for new ways to develop the next generation of Research Delivery Leads?
Could you help to mentor colleagues to develop the research delivery leaders of the future?
If so, please read on.
The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), led by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) are working with Higher Education Institutions to develop a national framework of Master’s level qualifications, which provide the necessary networks, skills and confidence needed to lead and support clinical research delivery.
The Framework focuses on the practical elements of clinical research, and is aimed at experienced healthcare practitioners from all professional backgrounds who aspire to take on the roles of Co-Investigator or Principal Investigator (PI). This includes those who have no or limited research experience and those currently working in research delivery.
The courses are designed for learners with busy work schedules who will be studying part time. They consist of two key elements:
Online modules - Flexible access to modules of high-quality interactive learning. These theoretical modules will develop knowledge of and insight into the approaches to, and delivery of, clinical research.
Research Practice Experiences (RPE) – Practical modules that enable learners to take part in clinical research in their area of interest, as part of existing research studies, whilst being supported under the supervision and mentorship of a senior researcher. This will develop their experience and expertise to grow future local research leadership capability within the NHS.
Framework qualifications can be taken in stages to develop the learner’s chosen career path.
Each stage of the Framework consists of 60 credits, which equates to approximately 600 learning hours. At Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma level, the learner activities comprise teaching, supervision time, self-directed study, workplace learning and preparation and completion of assignments. At Master’s level learners will complete a dissertation based on a research project.
For learners completing the qualifications on a part-time basis, each qualification will usually be completed over a period of 10 months, taking 3 years to obtain the full Master’s qualification.
The diagram below provides a simplified overview of the Framework.
The Postgraduate Certificate level consists of 1 RPE module and, depending on the institution delivering the course, 2 or 3 online modules. It provides core learning modules to quickly bring learners to the level of Local Co-Investigators on a variety of studies. Learners may be able to act as Local Principal Investigators on less complex research studies as their expertise deepens.
Learners who have achieved the Postgraduate Certificate or have equivalent qualifications can progress to the Postgraduate Diploma level. This consists of 1 RPE module and 2 online modules. The Postgraduate Diploma extends learners’ expertise and offers different opportunities for methodological specialisation at each higher education institution offering the qualification. Learners may be able to act as Local Principal Investigators on a variety of research studies according to their level of expertise.
Learners who have achieved the Postgraduate Diploma can progress to the Master’s level, which consists of a dissertation based on a research project. Typically Master's alumni will be able to act as Local Principal Investigators on most studies.
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