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9th July 2021

New Clinical Research Practitioners register launched

Health and Care Research Wales has welcomed the launch of a new UK-wide professional accreditation scheme for Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs).

The accredited register, launched by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), is part of a UK plan to double the number of CRPs to 2,000 over the next few years.

CRP is an umbrella title used for a family of roles in research delivery that have a patient-facing element and where the post holder isn’t currently registered to a healthcare profession.

The introduction of the register will improve professional identity, recognise the vital role CRPs play in research delivery, and provide a clear path for the career development of CRPs.

Jayne Goodwin, National Head of Research Delivery at Health and Care Research Wales, said:

“Clinical Research Practitioners are an expert and fundamental part of our research workforce in Wales. Our teams have been committed in the development of these roles and individuals over a number of years.

“CRPs bring a wealth of research knowledge and skills in the delivery of safe, ethical and high-quality clinical research. The recognition of their professional contribution through this register is very welcome.”

The accreditation scheme is delivered in partnership with the Academy for Healthcare Science Accredited Registers Programme and is recognised by the Professional Standards Authority.

The standards set are similar to those found in statutory regulation for nursing and other allied health professions.

A successful application to the accredited register demonstrates that practitioners meet a defined set of standards and work within an agreed scope of practice.

To find out more about the register and how to apply, visit the CRP Register website.