Clinical research is a constantly evolving discipline that requires individuals to adapt to dynamic environments and to protocols getting more and more complex. However, the industry’s tendency to invest in initial training, often consisting of a one-day Good Clinical Practice (GCP)  course, is not enough to equip aspiring and current clinical research professionals with the knowledge, confidence  and tools to succeed in their careers. In this blog post, we will explore the gap that exists between initial GCP training and daily challenges in the clinical research industry and how we can bridge that gap

The Gap: The Need for Structures and Support for Learner Development

The gap in the clinical research industry lies in the lack of standard competency training programs for learner development. While initial GCP training is essential, it is not enough to help clinical research professionals understand the full life cycle, unique language, the various “silos” of the industry, and regulations under discussion and how to interpret and implement them in real life.

Collaboration and Networking: Bringing the Industry Together

Collaboration and networking can also help bridge the gap in the clinical research industry. Bringing the industry together can provide valuable insights and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the industry. Networking events, conferences, and webinars can provide opportunities for learners to connect with peers and mentors, learn about the latest trends and developments, and share their experiences

Bridging the gap with technology

“Foundations and Beyond – the clinical research journey” independently quality assured and internationally accredited online course is a great option for bridging the gap between initial GCP training and real-life scenarios for clinical research professionals. The course provides an interactive and comprehensive real-life learning experience as it is based on a mock Phase III clinical trial that covers the full life cycle from drug and protocol development through to study closure and final study report, showing how all the puzzle pieces fit together. It is designed to help learners develop the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the bigger picture of the clinical research industry. By bridging the gap and making clinical research accessible for everyone to learn, “Foundations and Beyond – the clinical research journey” online course can help transform the industry and improve patient outcomes. So, if you’re an aspiring or seasoned clinical research professional looking to enhance your skills and knowledge, consider enrolling today.