I am the lead Clinical Trials Coordinator for our team and the main point of contact for new projects coming into CRF or CARU. The role involves being responsible for setting up a portfolio of trials covering the multitude of different disease areas we support in our unit, from the moment we are first contacted about a potential project through to the study being activated.
A typical day might include: checking all regulatory approvals are in place for a study and ensuring we have required documentation; liaising with other departments in the Trust to request services; reviewing, creating and negotiating appropriate study budgets; attending site selection or site initiation visits; and preparing trials for activation. My role also includes completing feasibility questionnaires, supporting the clinical team to ascertain capacity for accepting new studies, costing grant applications and reviewing amendments.
Ultimately the purpose of the role is to support investigators, researchers and nurses to deliver high quality research projects with the aim of finding new or better treatments to make advances in healthcare and improve the quality of people’s lives.
I have worked in clinical research for around 12 years. Prior to joining the CRF in 2015 I was an Assistant Portfolio Manager for the NIHR Clinical Research Network.