The Institute of Clinical Research is to assess the training requirements and skill gaps of research nurses.
The Institute say the needs of research nurses have previously been under-supported in recent times.
Caroline Gunnell, chair of the Research Nurse Special Interest Group, said: “It is our mission to become internationally recognised as the coordinating body for research nurses, provide standards, training and professional development and become respected as a key promoter of good clinical research. “
The group will discuss their aims with the UK Chief Nursing Officer to increase awareness of the need for professional development and career structure for research nurses.
Caroline Gunnell added: “One of the main issues we will be tackling is that there is no recognised professional role for clinical research nurses so a coordinated approach to the subject will go a long way to addressing this.”