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RCOG launch clinical research eLearning resource for the National Institute of Healthcare Research

5 Jun 2024

Today, the RCOG has launched an eLearning resource on clinical research in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.

The resource was commissioned by the National Institute of Healthcare Research (NIHR) and aims to provide clinicians with the core skills needed to deliver portfolio research. It covers key research methodologies and aims to help learners access research career opportunities.

The resource contains four comprehensive modules:

  • Women's health and research
  • Research infrastructure and organisational support for research
  • I have a research idea. How do I develop this further?
  • Introduction to clinical trials

The RCOG is committed to continually developing our training and resources to ensure we are meeting future workforce needs and improve standards in women’s healthcare. 

The resource is free to complete and available on the NIHR Learn platform. All obstetrics and gynaecology professionals with an interest in clinical research are encouraged to access the resource.

Professor Asma Khalil, Vice President for Academia and Strategy at the RCOG said,
“This is the first resource of its kind for the O&G specialty. Clinical research is critical to delivering new treatments and care to patients. It is really exciting to see new resources that will equip expert clinicians with the skills needed to becoming more involved in research. Clinical research skills can really benefit you as a clinician and research can help to tackle the day-to-day issues we face within the specialty.
“We are delighted to have collaborated with the University of Birmingham to develop this resource and received important input from our Women’s Voices Involvement Panel. I would encourage all obstetrics and gynaecology professionals from across the multi-disciplinary team who are interested in clinical research to access the resource.”
Professor Katie Morris, Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Health at the University of Birmingham said,
“This eLearning package will provide easily accessible, high-quality and tailored training for healthcare professionals in Women’s health. It will help develop a wider, more diverse community of researchers who can work together to improve the care of women through research in the areas where it is most needed.
“We are grateful to the stakeholders involved in the development of this eLearning package including involvement from the RCOG’s Women’s Voices Involvement Panel who helped to ensure that the woman’s voice is central throughout.”

Please email if you have any queries.

  • Access by creating a free account on NIHR Learning and enrolling on the course. For the direct link to work you need to be logged in to the NIHR Learn platform.
  • Visit the RCOG eLearning platform here.
  • You can find out more about RCOG training here.
  • Corporate
  • Clinical and research
  • Careers and workforce
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Fertility
  • Abortion
  • Menopause
  • Gynaecology