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Task & Finish Groups

Our Task and Finish Groups are time-limited and lead topical work programmes relating to efficient trial conduct, good research practice, quality standards, and the capacity and sustainability of non-commercial CTUs.

Current Task & Finish groups include:


Participant Data Sharing

Sharing data from publically funded research ensures valuable research outputs can be used more widely for the benefit of patients and the public. The UKCRC Registered CTU Network supports the sharing of clinical trials data with trusted partners for further ethical research purposes. This group will facilitate the development and implementation of good practice in relation to the sharing of research data through the provision of peer-to-peer support, written guidance, and training events.

Participant Data Sharing Task & Finish Group Terms of Reference


- Catrin Tudor Smith (Chair) - Liverpool Trials Collaborative
- Nicola Howe - Newcastle CTU
- Matt Sydes - MRC CTU @ UCL
- Kate Fenton - NIHR
- Sharon Kean - Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit
- Carrol Gamble - Liverpool Clinical Trials Collaborative
- Gill Booth - Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit
- Steff Lewis - Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit
- Sally Kerry - Barts Pragmatic CTU

This Group also includes two patient representatives.


Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

Patient and public involvement and engagement in the design and planning of research improves the quality and relevance of clinical research. CTUs must work collaboratively to develop and share best practice and make the best use of the limited resources available. This group will identify and develop resources to help member CTUs to effectively involve and engage patients and the public in their work.

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Task & Finish Group Terms of Reference


- Steven Blackburn - Keele CTU
- Delia Muir - Leeds CTRU
- Caroline Rick - Nottingham CTU
- Kym Thorne - Swansea Trials Unit
- Laura Mader - Cambridge CTU
- Daniel Beever - Sheffield CTRU
- Claire Vale - MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
- Tracy Ibbotson - Glasgow CTU
- Sarah Kernaghan - The ICT-CTSU
- Joanne Fisher - Warwick CTU
- Christine Mills - Papworth CTU
- Karen Turner - Cancer Research UK CTU

This Group also involves patient representatives.



Monitoring is an essential element of trial management to ensure data integrity and patient safety and to evidence regulatory compliance. However, although it has been carried out in trials for decades, there is little published guidance on how to undertake it in an efficient and risk proportionate way. This Group will work to develop good practice guidance, and facilitate the sharing of good practice activities and documents across the CTU Network.

Monitoring Task & Finish Group Terms of Reference


- Sharon Love - MRC CTU at UCL
- Andrea Corkhill - Southampton CTU
- Carrie Bayliss - Cambridge CTU
- Emma Armstrong - Leeds CTRU
- Jo Grumett - Warwick CTU
- Krista Wills - CR UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre
- Patricia Rafferty - NI CTU
- Barbara Temesi - Manchester CTU
- Melanie Boulter - Nottingham CTU
- Lisa Fox - The Institute of Cancer Research Clinical Trials & Statistics Unit (ICR- CTSU)
- Catherine Hewitt - York Trials Unit
- Claire Johnson - Centre for Trials Research
- Sharon Kean - Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit
- Lucy Culliford - Bristol Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit


Staff Development and Sustainability [Currently in Development]

Clinical Trials Units have demonstrated their effectiveness as centres of trials excellence. Building the strength, stability, and sustainability of member units is important in ensuring that they are able to continue to deliver high-quality non-commercial clinical trials research in the UK both now, and in the future. Well-trained and appropriately developed staff are key to this endeavour. This group will identify recommendations around staff training, development and retention to ensure registered CTUs have, and keep the best staff. This group will also focus activities on promoting careers in clinical trials to ensure that registered CTUs are recruiting and developing the excellent trialists of the future.

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