Courses and events

Information and booking for courses and events run by Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility

We run a variety of in-person and online courses and events covering a diverse range of topics relating to clinical research. 

See below for information about our upcoming courses and events and associated booking links. 

A limited number of fully-funded places are available on some of our courses.  If there are funded places available, this will be listed in the course fees section of the course description.  Terms and conditions apply. 

For any queries, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Alternatively contact us at if you have any specific queries, are unable to find a course you are looking for or you would like to contribute to our programme. 

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Please refer to our Education Core homepage for other useful information, including educational resources, webinars etc. 

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Courses

We offer regular Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training courses.  See below for information and scheduled dates of available courses.

Please ensure you are signing up for the appropriate course.  We advise you to update your GCP training every two years. If you are involved in a trial, the MHRA and/or sponsor would expect you to provide an up-to-date GCP certificate. Therefore, if your GCP training has lapsed or if you have not attended GCP training before, we would advise that you book onto one of our “Introduction to GCP” courses. Alternatively, you can complete the “NIHR Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)” eLearning at If you have completed an “Introduction to GCP” course within the past two years or have attended update courses every two years since completing an “Introduction to GCP course”, you should register for a “GCP Update” course.

We offer GCP courses free-of-charge for those attending from Scottish NHS or academic institutions.  Please enquire at to be advised of fees for those attending from elsewhere. 



Other Scheduled Courses

See our full programme of courses below.  Please refer to our guidance on how to book and pay for our courses 

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Bitesize Introduction to Patient Public Involvement Course

This free online, self-directed Xerte course aims to help you begin your patient public involvement activities.

Data Management for your Research

This workshop introduces you to the basic principles of Research Data Management and its importance in managing your clinical research data well.

Cost Effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment

This 5-day course will provide an introduction to decision analytic cost-effectiveness modelling, giving the theoretical and practical knowledge required to design and implement analyses that meet the methodological standards of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) organisations.

An Introduction to Qualitative Methods

This course introduces the key principles in research design and strategy for qualitative research.

Informed Consent in Clinical Research - Adults (Scotland)

This workshop covers the ethical, legal and practical issues around receiving informed consent from adult clinical research participants.

The Associate Principal Investigator (API) Scheme in NHS Lothian - Webinar 1

In this webinar, we will discuss the potential benefits of registering your study for the Associate Principal Investigator (API) Scheme in NHS Lothian, eligibility and the registration process

The Associate Principal Investigator (API) Scheme in NHS Lothian - Webinar 2

In this webinar, we will discuss the Associate Principal Investigator (API) role, the potential advantages for you, and how to apply. 

Creating and Running a Patient and Public Involvement Group

This course discusses how to advertise and recruit patient and public members, organise your first meeting and how to keep your group running successfully and sustainably.

An Introduction to Public Speaking: How to design and deliver successful speeches

This course covers how to plan, design and deliver a successful speech or presentation. 

Lothian Clinical Research Welcome Day

An introduction event for those new to working in clinical research in Lothian.

A Realistic Introduction to R

This practical workshop introduces you to the R statistical software environment.

GCP for Laboratories

This course will provide you with an understanding of the importance of GCP for Laboratories and its practical application in research studies.

South-East Scotland NHS Innovation Intrapreneur Course

Discover the world of "Innovation Intrapreneurship" and learn how you can contribute and inspire others in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the NHS through the co-production of innovative products, services and processes. 

Patient and Public Involvement in Research Summer School 2024

This summer school will provide you with the confidence and skills in PPI to enable you to undertake your first PPI activity or improve your current practice.  

Research, GDPR and confidentiality – what you need to know (05/09/24)

This course provides an overview of UK data laws and their practical application in health and social care research.

Understanding how to access UK health data for research (17/09/24)

10th Edinburgh Clinical Research Methodology Course

A two-day introductory course providing a comprehensive overview of methods and frameworks essential for conducting clinical research

An Introduction to Health Economics

An interactive session introducing key concepts of health economics and allocation of health resource in relation to clinical research.

Planning and Conducting a Systematic Review

This course is designed to provide practical guidance on all the steps involved in doing a systematic review from planning through to completion.

Inspection Survival Guide: Being Prepared for an MHRA GCP Inspection

This half-day course will use presentations and workshops to provide an overview of the GCP inspection process from notification to closure.

"There's an SOP for that!" A practical guide to Standard Operating Procedures

This practical course focuses on how to write and manage Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in a clinical research setting.

Courses that we run

Refer to the full list of courses that we run to register your interest in future courses or to suggest other topics for training related to clinical research.