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Associate principal investigator

This scheme helps develop doctors in training to be principal investigators of the future.

The scheme recognises and promotes junior doctor, nurses, midwives and allied health professional engagement in NIHR portfolio research and ultimately increases opportunities for patients to be involved in high quality research which will, in turn, improve care across the NHS.

Who is it for?

The scheme is open to any doctor, nurse or allied health professional willing to make a significant contribution to the conduct and delivery of a study at a local level over a period of at least six months. On completion of the six month tenure, and the completion of the Associate PI Scheme learning course in NIHR Learn, applicants will receive a certificate confirming their Associate PI status, be acknowledged in the primary publication(s) generated from the study as well as gain the enhanced skills and understanding around the delivery of NIHR Portfolio research.

How do I get involved?

More information about this role can be found here. Your hospital research and development department will be able to advise you on trials currently running in your hospital that are running the associate PI Scheme. Additionally a list of national studies that are currently being run in the North-East and Cumbria registered on the scheme can be found here along with contact details for the site.

What training is available?

Associate Principal investigator training is available from NIHR Learn. When you register for the Scheme you will be given a log in.  This virtual iteration of the Associate PI Scheme within NIHR Learn will provide a more structured approach to your time on the scheme by breaking down the elements of the checklist into monthly targets, as well as exposing you to useful additional learning. It hopes to encourage more communication between Associate PI’s who take part in the scheme through the API Forum.

‘As an Associate PI I am now integrated as part of the research team, I have recruited patients to clinical trials and now have a greater understanding of how research is delivered in the NHS.’ – Helen Ingoe Associate PI

Trial Management Groups

Another way of getting research leadership experience is to become a trainee representative on Trial Management Group (TMG). These roles are becoming more mainstream and are usually advertised directly from clinical trials units who are conducting clinical studies. This is a great way to understand how clinical trials are designed, undertaken and managed.