Janet Lawrence, Sonia Byers, Graham McClelland, Christopher Price
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 3, 04 Mar 2016, pp 144 - 148

Background: Development of new evidence to support pre-hospital
emergency care benefits both patients and practitioners. Clinical research must
be conducted within a formal governance framework but it is challenging
for paramedics to access traditional good clinical practice (GCP) training due
to high service demands and some content is of little relevance to the prehospital
Objective: To establish the content and format of easily accessible research
governance awareness training for use by paramedics and other members of the
ambulance service as and when appropriate.
Methods: A systematic literature review identified descriptions of pre-hospital
research training. An online survey sought views about the formal research
training undertaken by NHS paramedics and an expert consensus process
confirmed the content of training materials.
Results: Research governance training was rarely acknowledged in pre-hospital
clinical trial literature and was recalled by only one in eight respondents who
had assisted with clinical research. A pre-hospital orientated slide set and
matching assessment questions were reviewed in two cycles by an expert panel
to achieve a consensus on the content and format.
Conclusions: Through a structured process of literature review, stakeholder
engagement and expert consensus we have developed training and
assessment materials which can be used flexibly to prepare paramedics
and the wider ambulance workforce for safe hosting of low-risk research

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