Research Ready®


Research Ready® is a quality assurance programme for all research-active UK GP practices. It is designed in line with the UK Research Governance Framework's legal, ethical, professional, and patient safety requirements. The programme serves to provide information, support and guidance to accredited practices in research; both to assist with meeting the requirements above, and with considering and conducting research.

The programme is split between two levels of accreditation: Research Ready® Universal and Research Ready® Advanced.

Research Ready® Universal

Research Ready® Universal gives access to training and support for the whole practice team to upskill them to engage with research. It can be used by all practice staff, both clinical and non-clinical (GPs, nurses, practice management, administrators).

Research Ready® Advanced

Research Ready® Advanced acts as a quality mark for practices to demonstrate their capability and experience in performing complex research. It can be used by general practices who have excelled at, and have demonstrable experience of, successfully undertaking at least two Clinical Trials involving Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) in the last two years, where a clinician within the practice has acted as a Principal Investigator (PI) in one or more of the following:

  • Pharmaceutical-industry sponsored CTIMPs
  • Non-industry or NHS CTIMPs 

In order to become Research Ready® Advanced, the practice must have an active and valid Research Ready® Universal accreditation.

Steps to joining Research Ready®

  • Nominate someone at your practice (for example, GP, nurse, practice manager) to act as the named 'Research Lead'
  • Go to the Research Ready website  and register an account
  • Once registered, log in to the system and begin accreditation; this involves completing two surveys (Practice Information – the practice's research status, interests, etc. – and Quality
  • Statements – confirming the practice's awareness and meeting of governance standards)
  • Pay the relevant administration fee (£100 for one year's accreditation, ). For practices interested in becoming Advanced accredited, there is an additional £50 fee for one year's accreditation. Funding for this fee can be offset against income your practice makes from future research-based activity.
  • Access / Download / Print your accreditation certificate 

The RCGP eLearning Research Ready® course

The RCGP eLearning website includes a series of modules on Research Ready®. The four modules, alongside two (optional) assessments make up the course. Access to this is priced at £300. The course is free of charge for practices accredited with Research Ready® and for RCGP Students, AiT and GP Foundation Members.

How to access eLearning Research Ready® course on RCGP Learning

RCGP Research Ready®-accredited users will need to login to their Research Ready account, click on 'RCGP LEARNING' in the Home page and follow the detailed instructions there. 

Trainees and students will need to access RCGP Learning, create an account with the RCGP shop (or just log in, if they have one already) and purchase the eLearning course from the shop there. When the course is added to the basket it will automatically convert to £0.

Further information

For further information on Research Ready® including background to the programme, benefits to accreditation and more, please view our user guide [PDF]. 

Any queries related to Research Ready® can be sent via email to or via telephone on 020 3188 7594

Research Ready® was developed with:

These bodies are responsible for developing primary care research infrastructure and delivery across the UK's four devolved nations.

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