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Clinical Research Practitioners launch campaign to promote Accredited Registers programme

The Authority welcomes the launch of a campaign today by the Clinical Research Practitioner Register (the CRP) which is part of the Accredited Registers programme.

The aim of the I support Clinical Research Practitioners registration’ campaign is to raise awareness of the programme and of the benefits that registration for practitioners offers to patients, colleagues and employers – and to encourage more practitioners to join the Register. The CRP Register opened a year ago giving registrants the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to professional standards, ethical behaviour and technical competence.

Accredited Registers also offer benefits to the wider workforce as they can select from a pool of competent, well-trained and trustworthy practitioners who are otherwise not regulated by law. By growing the Register, research delivery teams across the UK can have trust in the assurance it offers.

Professor Ruth Endacott, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) said: 'In common with most of healthcare, we need a team of people from different professional backgrounds with complementary skills to deliver research studies. Clinical Research Practitioners are a great asset to research teams and I'm delighted to show my support for the accredited registration that provides formal recognition, and a career pathway, for our CRP colleagues.'

Alan Clamp, Chief Executive, Professional Standards Authority, said: ‘We support the campaign run by the CRP Register and hope that it encourages more practitioners to join. The additional assurance this provides is good for patients and employers and is the best way to promote quality. The Accredited Registers programme offers a layer of protection for people receiving health and care services and gives Clinical Research Practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to good practice.’

About the CRP Register

The CRP Register is run by the Academy of Healthcare Sciences, which registers many occupations in the healthcare science profession, in partnership with the NIHR.

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. Find out more about the accredited register and how CRPs can start their application. 


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care


Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees 10 statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  5. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
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