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Online Training and Working From Home

Due the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a huge change in professional circumstances for many people and the majority are working from home as per social distancing guidelines. As face-to-face events have been cancelled for the foreseeable, online training may be the only resource available at this time. We have collated online resources below, and acknowledge that this time away from 'usual' office working may be a great opportunity for you to work on your professional development. If you know of any further resources which could be added to this list please email us as soon as possible. 

For news relating to COVID-19, please see our News Page.

NIHR Learn

HRA e-learning Planning and Improving Research

Global Health Network Training

MRC HTMR Resources and Webinars

HRB TMRN Online Training and Resources

International PPI Network Webinars

HRA e-learning HRA Approval Process

John Hopkins University - COVID-19 Epidemiology















For information regarding virtual events which are taking place during the COVID-19 outbreak, please check our events page:


For information regarding any upcoming training events, please visit our calendar of events. If you have any specific questions, feedback or requests for training, please email

Training specific to trial managers

The skills and expertise of the trial manager are pivotal in the successful completion of a trial and the need to support and train these key people is well recognised. The trial manager’s role is multifaceted. It was acknowledged by UK funding bodies in 1998 when the UKTMN began, that more formal training for those responsible for running trials would maximise their success and ultimately increase the knowledge base that influences health care management decisions. The need for formal training remains and the UKTMN aims to provide appropriate training and career development opportunities for trial management professionals in the UK. 

The current Network membership has a wide range of expertise and there is an even bigger pool of knowledge among the wider clinical trial community.  The UKTMN has a unique opportunity to share this body of knowledge and experience in a way that maximises the successful delivery of future trials.

Training Events

One of the original aims of the Network was to provide a customised training course specific to trial managers but it soon became apparent that this approach would not be cost effective. It was agreed therefore that one-day training events designed as career development opportunities should be developed. The UKTMN continues to grow, and providing relevant and useful training for trial management continues to be a focus.

We have successfully run training events exclusively for our members for many years in a multitude of areas. We aim to fill the gaps in training for trial managers, asking our members regularly for required topics. If you have any requests, or would like to see one of our courses again, please get in touch.

Previous training includes the following:

  • Project management appropriate to managing clinical trials
  • Clear writing including form design and newsletters
  • Communication strategies
  • Risk assessment
  • Management tools and systems
  • Regulatory and governance; regulatory approvals, permissions and contracts throughout start-up, ongoing management and close down
  • Recruitment and strategies to maintain high quality follow-up
  • Safety reporting in drug and non-drug trials
  • Data collection and databases
  • Electronic data capture
  • Monitoring and management
  • Scientific writing for trial reports
  • Patient and public involvement
  • Managing the trial budget
  • Clinical trials as a business; marketing
  • Quality assurance and control
  • Presentation skills


Training feedback

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