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Learning & Development

Supporting individual development
in health research management,
support and leadership

Training Programme

The NHS R&D Forum’s Training Programme aims to provide the community with robust training in the topics that are most important for health and social care research governance and management, ensuring standardised understanding throughout the UK. Our courses are delivered both online and at locations across the UK. We are always adding and updating the courses we offer. Become a member to ensure that you hear about any new or updated courses. 

Course Leader & Trainers

The NHS R&D Forum appoints a leader to develop each course, along with a small reference group, and course trainers.  This is a great opportunity to develop as a research management professional and trainer, whilst making a contribution to the Forum-wide community. 
 
Forum Course leaders are all experienced members of the research management, support and leadership community. They are responsible for putting together their reference group, developing and co-ordinating materials and training any other trainers to deliver the course.  They will be paid for their time developing and updating the course, normally at an agreed hourly rate.
 
Forum course trainers have at least 2 years work experience in the subject area and be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, facilitation and training skills. They are responsible for delivering the course and supporting the course leader. Trainers joining an existing course are expected to attend the course once in order to see it run before they are expected to deliver it themselves. Normally they will be partnered with another trainer who has some experience of the course the first time they deliver it, but thereafter may be expected to deliver it entirely on their own if that is appropriate to the course. Trainers are paid an honorarium plus reasonable travel expenses in line with the Forum expenses policy. 
 
If you would like more information or are interested in becoming a Forum course leader or trainer, please contact Allyson Bailey, the Forum’s training lead, at training@rdforum.org.uk

 

NHS R&D Forum course trainers:

  • Have at least 2 years work experience in the subject area and be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, facilitation and training skills.
  • Are suitably experienced to be able to answer questions around the topic area and to recognise where their knowledge is limited that further information is required.
  • Are adept at understanding the different needs/perspective of trainees and the health and care research management landscape. This is particularly important as our courses are delivered to many different types of organisation and across the UK.
  • Are very team focussed and able to work well with others
  • Are professional and represent the NHS R&D Forum at all times

Responsibilities of the course trainers include:

  1. Being a member of the course reference group to ensure it is kept current and up to date
  2. Working closely with the course leader to ensure full confidence in delivering the course material. Observing the course being delivered once free of charge, if appropriate.
  3. Delivering the agreed course at least once a year as required.
  4. Supporting the training of additional trainers as required
  5. Ensuring they remain current and up to date in the subject matter
  6. Working with the NHS R&D Forum management teams

Course Specific Training

The course leader will train course Trainers in the specific course materials. Trainers are required to have some experience of the subject area and are part of the reference group developing the course, and therefore it is expected that they will already be fairly confident in their understanding of the material.

Trainers are expected to attend the course once in order to see it run before they are expected to deliver it themselves. Normally they will be partnered with another trainer who has some experience of the course the first time they deliver it, but thereafter may be expected to deliver it entirely on their own if that is appropriate to the course.

Payments

NHS R&D Forum trainers are paid at a rate of £250 per day plus reasonable travel expenses in line with the Forum expenses policy (link). Accommodation will be agreed and arranged by the NHS R&D Forum management team. Food and subsistence are not provided.

On the occasion that a new trainer attends the course for the first time to become familiar with it, they will receive a free place and reasonable travel expenses will be paid, but they will not receive any other payment.

Expenses will be reimbursed on submission of a completed claim form and associated receipts.

Current Leaders

Forum Course leaders and trainers are all experienced members of the research management, support and leadership community.

Course leaders are responsible for developing and co-ordinating materials. Course trainers are responsible for delivering the course and supporting the course leader.

Our current Course Leaders are:

  • Allyson Bailey | R&D Forum Training Lead and R&D Officer, NHS Forth Valley
  • Heather Rogers | RD&I Governance Manager, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Russell Joyce | Independent Consultant & Health Sciences Records and Archives Society
  • Kate Greenwood | Senior Improvement Delivery Manager, HRA
  • Cat Johnston | Training Manager, Health and Care Research Wales
  • Vandana Luthra | Clinical Research Facility (CRF) Manager, Queen Mary University of London
  • Sean Scott | Regulatory Compliance Manager, Newcastle Hospitals
  • Lucy Parker | Head of R&D, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Elizabeth Craig | Senior Clinical Trials Monitor, NHS Lothian
  • Angelika Kristek | Clinical Research Facilitator, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Karen Jennings-Wilding | Senior Clinical Research Governance Manager, University of Liverpool
  • Morag Brookes | Neuromodulation Clinical Research Nurse – Team Leader, The James Cook University Hospital
  • Pooja Datt | Research Manager, St Mark’s Academic Institute

Pooja Datt

Pooja has over 23 years of experience working within the life-sciences industry which includes hands-on experience in the research sector. Throughout her career, she has worked with various organisations, including the University of Oxford, St Mark’s Academic Institute, Imperial College London, multiple UK NHS Trusts, various international pharmaceutical companies, and research organisations.
Her background lies in planning and managing complex operations, teams, processes, and developing research strategy to catalyse productivity and project success within healthcare sector. From creating visionary development plans to implementing key methodologies and facilitating successful project executions, she excels at outperforming objectives while leading productive and results-oriented teams.
Through one of her current role as a Research Manager with an Academic Institute, she interacts and collaborates with various national and multinational stakeholders. She has been directly involved in overseeing research performance, research training, submitting research funding grants, and reviewing research project proposals. She has contributed significantly to promoting research across the sector through the Institute’s key collaborations with various universities.

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