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Education & Training

Education & Training

CASPIR is the Irish branch of the internationally recognised Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. CASP developed workshops and tools for critically appraising a wide range of research including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, qualitative studies, cohort studies or case-control studies. These workshops and resources e.g. checklists, help participants put knowledge into practice.
CASP is for anyone that wants to use research evidence in their professional practice, professional and personal decision making, and in development of policy and guidelines.

CASPIR is a collaborative programme between University of Limerick, UL Hospitals Group and the Department of Public Health in the Mid-West and it is coordinated through the UL/UL Hospitals Clinical Research Unit.

This training is open to all healthcare professionals and is most relevant to Principal Investigators, Research Nurses and associated research staff involved in the set-up and conduct of clinical trials.

The following content is included: 

·        Introduction to Drug Development and Clinical Research

·        Research Ethics and Clinical Research Governance

·        Principles of Good Clinical Practice

·        Investigator Responsibilities

·        Essential Documents

·        Regulatory Inspection

The course is delivered with a practical focus with group workshops and many opportunities for discussion and questioning.

This ICH E6 GCP course, complete with the latest revision to the guidelines, meets the Minimum Criteria identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial Sponsors.  Physicians who attend the half-day course are eligible for 3 CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI).

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance which will be valid for 2 years and will demonstrate the participant’s evidence of GCP training for regulated research studies.

The CRSU team deliver this training bi-annually (dates to be confirmed for 2019) and also available to PIs and clinical teams on request.