GCP training and key documents

Information on GCP Training for Emergency Physicians and key documents from the Research and Publications Committee.

The NRES advice for consent in emergency care research is now published on the NRES website. This is an excellent resource - particularly the FAQ section (find this by clicking the 'movie camera' icon in the bottom right, then on the expanded menus click on the 'paper clip' icon at the bottom right). The FAQs were collected by the NIHR Injuries and Emergencies National Specialist Group from I&E researchers around the UK, so they address real world problems.

Training in Good Clinical Practice for medical research (GCP) is required for everyone who is taking any part in medical research.

The 2021 RCEM Curriculum requires evidence of active participation in research, including recruitment to clinical trials, throughout training ( EM trainees are therefore encouraged to complete GCP training as early as possible on their training schemes and maintain certification until completion of training.

The previous RCEM GCP training package is now no longer recognised or accepted by many sponsors, and we are now suggesting that RCEM members complete the NIHR GCP training available at This is the same certification required to continue involvement in research as a consultant.

The website will guide you through registering with NHS Learn (), or alternatively if you already have an NHS Learn account you can login directly at

You then have a choice of completing either the ‘Introduction To Good Clinical Practice (GCP) ELearning’ (if you haven’t previously completed the course) or the ‘Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Refresher ELearning’. Your NIHR GCP certificate is valid for 2 years (as opposed to a year with the previous RCEM GCP training package) and in future you can recertify through the Refresher module.

Note that for some research studies it may be possible to complete a study-specific GCP (e.g. the Recovery trial) rather than the full NIHR GCP training package. However, if you have a valid NIHR GCP certificate, it will cover you for all research studies. For those of you with existing RCEM GCP training certificates, these will remain valid until 1 August 2022, although sponsors may require additional NIHR GCP certification.

Top Research Priorities in Emergency Medicine

RCEM, in partnership with the James Lind Alliance (JLA), has conducted a Research Priority Setting Partnership with the aim of including patients, carers and clinicians in a process to establish the top research priorities in emergency medicine.


See the latest RCEM approved endorsed surveys and find out how to get your survey distributed by the College.

RCEM Research Strategy 2020


These pages list a variety of web based resources that may be helpful in developing your research project. Many are cited in the supporting documents to this site. Web based resources are constantly changing and many new resources appear. Please let us know of any useful resources that you find. Please let us know if the links no longer work.

Getting Started

A guide for those of you with little research experience to help get your thoughts together and point out some common pitfalls for you to avoid.

Technical Guide

Will give you the details of different research methodologies as applied to emergency medicine and tell you how to manage the project itself.

How to run a research project

Will take you through each stage of an emergency medicine research project, giving advice on what you have to do to make each stage as painless as possible.

Why do Research?

Motivate yourself with these tips.

Writing a Research Proposal

  • Step-by-step suggestions for writing your research project
  • Submit your best research to Emergency Medicine Journal and receive the following benefits
  • As the official journal of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, journal content is distributed to a targeted audience
  • Fast Editorial Turnaround- 24 days from submission to first decision and 17 days from acceptance to online publication
  • High visibility across
  • With an international editorial board and Editorial Advisory Board, a diverse scope and an Impact Factor of 1.776*, Emergency Medicine Journal is the ideal outlet to submit your best research.