Clinical Research Nurses and Health Care Support Workers

About this resource

Clinical research is one of the fastest growing specialisms in healthcare delivery. Across the UK patients are being advised that it is their right to be randomised and included in pertinent clinical trials. With the introduction of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in England and equivalent infrastructures in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales has come an explosion in the clinical research nurse and health care support worker (HCSW) workforce (estimated around 10,000 in 2014) to support clinical research. NHS plc is seen as an international leader for clinical research (funding councils, charitable, and life sciences industries) due to the high standards it demands in terms of quality, efficiency and governance. This website is intended to provide a signposting resourcing for nurses and HCSWs, either currently employed in clinical research, or wanting to learn more about the multitude of opportunities therein. 


RCN support


UK wide and international resources


Policy and Briefings


A career in...

Looking for a career in clinical research?

What does the role of a clinical research nurse look like?

News and events



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Developing this webpage

The Clinical Research Nurses' online community webpage was formally launched at a fringe event at the RCN 2010 annual international nursing research conference. If you have any suggestions for additions to the page, please email david.ocarroll@rcn.org.uk


This page was last reviewed 12 August 2015