Welsh Government

Valid informed consent in research involving adults lacking capacity

Facilitators: Health and Care Research Wales Training Facilitators

Course Outline:

The aim of this half-day course is to provide participants with a sound grounding in the standards required when receiving consent in clinical research involving this vulnerable population. The course is a combination of presentations, discussions and group activities designed to bring the principles of valid informed consent into the workplace. We aim to promote discussion about practice and how to share best practice. 

The course will enable you to:

  • understand the ethical and legislative frameworks that underpin the research consent process;
  • understand the principles and responsibilities in clinical research involving adults lacking the capacity to consent;
  • understand the importance of establishing capacity;
  • understand the appropriate processes to follow when recruiting an adult who lacks capacity into a CTIMP or non-CTIMP study;
  • gain an insight into the added protection required for adults lacking capacity;
  • build confidence in participating in the research consent process.

Please note this is a morning session running approximately from 9.30am – 12.30pm and a certificate of attendance will only be issued if delegates complete all elements of the training.


Following the training, participants will be able to: 

  • demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different individuals involved in the process of informed consent;
  • understand the ethical and legal considerations that influence the practice of informed consent;
  • understand the process of receiving informed consent (and equivalent processes where appropriate) and the roles and responsibilities of those involved in this process;
  • know where to go for further advice and support and how to keep updated.

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