Education & Training

There are many levels of training and support offered by a range of providers.

For example, prospective and established researchers can access information packs, training on research governance and ethics, avail of research study days, one-to-one or group support, research team training, informed consent, good clinical practice training and investigator site file maintenance training.

Research focused education and training is available from Trust Research and Development units in the region. A 2011 survey of our regional Trusts indicated that many provide one-to-one in-house support for AHPs. Access is not dependent on whether the Trust is large or small, acute or general.

Some Trusts use commercial study or charitable income to support training and support. A number of AHPs are registered for Masters and PhD programmes linked through these units. Other AHPs assist in studies being undertaken by the Trust.



Research education and training courses will be offered by our regional AHP research network each year and will be advertised on our Events and Activities page.

Healthcare employees in the North West can apply for CPD and/or post qualification training modules through CPD online.

National training courses can be accessed through the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) website and it is possible to sign up for email alerts from this website.

The NCRM provides information for research, training and capacity building activities and aims to improve quality and range of methodological skills and techniques.

The Find a PhD website provides a guide to current postgraduate research and PhD studentships about graduate research programmes from UK and international Universities and organisations.

The Find a Masters website provides a large database of postgraduate masters courses available in the UK and internationally.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is a key requirement for all involved in the conduct of clinical research. GCP is the standard and guidelines to which all research should be conducted. It is mandatory for those working on clinical trials.

GCP training is available through local research networks and NHS Trusts. It is also possible to apply for GCP training through the NIHR Learning Management System.

Research Data Management Training (MANTRA) is an open resource to support PhD students, early career researchers and digital data users with research data management.

An online free course is offered with interactive units focused on key concepts of data management. Practical exercises provide experience in handling data in four software packages widely used by researchers.

AHP national bodies individually will provide information on their training events and courses. It is important to keep informed of uni-professional as well as multi-professional courses.

More information on European and international opportunities for research information and education is available from international professional organizations.

For example, the European network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education and the International Orthoptic Association. Education and training for research is routinely offered by many Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).

Within the Cheshire and Merseyside region there are a number of Universities and Colleges that provide AHP relevant education and training.

The websites of the following Universities can be accessed for details of education and training courses including details of funded Masters and PhD studies (see also NIHR).

Bolton University

Cumbria University

Edge Hill

Hope University

Keele University

Liverpool John Moores University

Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Chester

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

University of Salford