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Three more HRA eLearning modules go live

Last updated on 24 Oct 2017

Three new HRA eLearning modules are now available.

The modules, which are aimed at anyone involved in designing, undertaking or reviewing such research – including R&D staff, sponsors and research ethics committee members – focus on:

  • research involving human tissue
  • research involving exposure to ionising radiation
  • confidentiality and information governance considerations in research.

The modules form half of a suite of six we have developed this year, the other three – medical devicesresearch involving participants lacking mental capacity, and use of the HRA Schedule of Events – have already been released.

Janet Messer

“The eLearning modules will help the research community to better understand the standards that are expected for the conduct of research, supporting applicants to produce better applications that are less likely to raise queries – and get studies up and running quicker.

“Each module is designed with a number of pathways, allowing users to select a role which reflects their own professional interests.

“We are grateful to the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) who originally developed modules on most of these topics, which we have now updated and added to.

“The modules are available on our Learning Management System and will also be used by our own staff, which we believe will improve the effectiveness of the guidance we provide.”

Dr Janet Messer, HRA Director of Approvals Service

Laura Bousfield, NIHR CRN Head of Feasibility and Start-Up/Research Operations, said: “These learning modules are a welcome resource for raising awareness and consistency in support of effective study set-up.”

Penny Beresford, Manager of a Research Ethics Committee in Wales, said "I found them to be very informative and useful. I enjoyed the interaction and the freedom of being able to complete in my own time and go back later. They are very user-friendly with self-explanatory guidance. I think this is something our members will enjoy using, I know I will find it very helpful for myself too!"

Contact our learning and development team for more information.

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