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. A current GCP certificate is a good way of demonstrating competence in one aspect of the Research part of an Annual Review of Progress for trainees or re-certification for consultants. RCEM provides the following training package which is tailored to the needs of Emergency Physicians. This package is suitable for Emergency Physicians who are undertaking delegated duties of patient entry, intervention and data collection - Principle Investigators will need further training, which should be available throughout your Trust R&D Department.

First read this presentation.
Then read this document.
Then read this article.
Then read the Framework
Then print off and sign this certificate.

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.