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eLearning

The HRA has a growing programme of eLearning modules designed to support researchers, R&D staff, study sponsors, research ethics committee members and the wider research community.

Most of these modules allow you free access without needing to register and use a password. However, if you require certificate of completion please register on our Learning Management System.

This is very quick to do. Please contact our learning and development team  if you have any queries.


Our new eLearning modules include:

  1. Medical devices
  2. Use of the HRA Schedule of Events
  3. Research involving participants lacking mental capacity
  4. Research involving exposure to ionising radiation
  5. Research involving human tissue
  6. Confidentiality and information governance considerations in research

Medical Devices

This course explains the regulations and considerations for clinical investigations or other research studies of medical devices across the UK. It is aimed at those involved in designing or undertaking, supporting or reviewing such research. It does not aim to cover the requirements for manufacturers of medical devices.

 

Use of the HRA Schedule of Events 

This course explains the HRA Schedule of Events. The Schedule of Events is used to support the set-up of non-commercial studies in the NHS in England.

 

Research involving participants lacking mental capacity

This course explains the regulations and considerations relating to mental capacity and research. It is aimed at those involved in designing or undertaking, supporting or reviewing research, and takes account of research seeking to include adults lacking capacity as well as research where some participants may lack capacity or lose capacity.

 

Research involving exposure to ionising radiation 

This course explains the regulations and considerations for research involving ionising radiation. It is aimed at those involved in designing or undertaking, supporting or reviewing such research.

 

Research involving human tissue

This module is designed with a number of pathways to allow users to select a role which reflects their own professional interest.
For REC members, we recognise that the content includes more information about regulatory and legal processes than you require for your REC member role, but we hope the wider context will be of interest. We will be taking the opportunity to work with you to explore the ethical issues which sit alongside these regulatory and legal considerations. We can do this though discussion in REC meetings, online seminar sessions and face to face meetings. If you have any queries, please contact us at hra.training@nhs.net.

 

Confidentiality and information governance considerations in research

This course explains the legislation and information governance considerations relating to use of personally identifiable data in health research. It is aimed at those involved in designing or undertaking, supporting or reviewing such research. This course does not cover the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation that will come into force in May 2018. The HRA will publish guidance to support preparation for the implementation of the new legislation for health research.

 

Our other modules include:

HRA Approval: Training for Commercial Studies
HRA Approval: Training for Non-Commercial Studies

These modules outline HRA Approval processes. They cover applying for HRA Approval and setting up Approval studies in the NHS in England. They include details of HRA Approval arrangements for amendments and new sites that now apply to all NHS studies in England started in pre-HRA Approval systems.

 

Reviewing the Research Design of Clinical Trials

This module provides an overview of the different types of clinical trial design and includes techniques to use when ethically reviewing the research design of clinical trials (including Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products). The module will be of interest to REC members, HRA staff and the wider research community.

 

For Research Ethics Committee Members

1) Induction for new Research Ethics Service Committee members
This course is designed for new REC members and is approximately one hour in length. You can complete the course in stages as progress will be saved.

2) Equality Diversity and Human Rights
This course is for REC members who need to complete Equality and Diversity training within the first 12 months of their appointment and again during the first 12 months of re-appointment after 5 years’ service.

 

 A small number of modules are only available to REC and CAG members and these will require you to login and use your password.