UK Clinical Trials Talent Taskforce 2023
The UK Clinical Trials Talent Taskforce (UK CTTT) launched in August 2023 to support the development of a best-in-class holistic ecosystem for talent attraction, development, professional recognition and retention; supporting the UK’s aim of being a world-class destination for clinical research.
The collaboration between the NHS R&D Forum and IAOCR is a direct response to the recently published Lord O’Shaughnessy’s review on Commercial Clinical Trials in the UK which called for “exceptional best practice” to become the norm so that patients, the NHS and the UK as a whole can benefit.
The taskforce will utilise existing products and services from the UK’s expert provider network to “grow our own” talent; leveraging and supporting high-quality solutions from both UK commercial and non-commercial solutions to best service the community’s needs. The taskforce will focus purely on the roles of clinical trial site staff working in the UK across the NHS and commercial sector.
In the spirit of Lord O’Shaughnessy’s report and in support of it, the purpose of this Taskforce is to:
- Seek out existing work that has been completed or is currently in development across the whole of the UK clinical trials landscape.
- Identify best-in-class solutions across the whole of the UK – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
- Make recommendations for a joined-up, best-in-class ecosystem (encompassing both public and private sector) to support cradle to grave career pathways. Regional differences and levelling-up recommendations will also be included.
- Provide a gap analysis and recommendations for development of new solutions, where existing high-quality solutions do not already exist.
- Consider the recommendations HM Government Response to Professor Dame Angela McLean’s Pro-Innovation Regulation of Technologies Review, Life Sciences, with particular regard to secondments.
- Deliver a report containing recommendations and an action plan to the industry and to UK Parliamentarians
NHS R&D Forum Executive and Head of Newcastle Joint Research Office (NJRO)
“The recent O’Shaughnessy and McLean reviews both recognise that the design, delivery and implementation clinical research is complex and multi-disciplinary. We need a systems-wide approach to ensure that we have career pathways which support and nurture our clinical research talent to benefit the UK as a whole.
The NHS R&D Forum is excited to be partnering with IAOCR in leading this taskforce and working with key opinion leaders from the UK R&D system to increase opportunities for patients, participants, and the public to take part in research”
Jacqueline Johnson North
Chief Executive of IAOCR (International Accrediting Organisation for Clinical Research) and GCSA (Global Clinical Site Accreditation)
“I’m delighted to Co-Chair the UK CTTT with the NHS R&D Forum. In support of Lord O’Shaughnessy’s proposal for the UK Government to double the numbers of people participating in commercial clinical trials in the next 2 years and double it again by 2027, we’re focused on helping the UK to deliver the “exceptional best practice” that has been called for so that patients, the NHS and the UK as a whole can benefit. This requires an exceptional workforce enabled by exceptional education, career development and professional recognition.
The UK possesses a plethora of talent solutions across the private and public sector, but the current offer is fragmented and it is difficult for people to enter the industry and to navigate a professional career pathway. Our ambition is to identify a holistic, world-class talent solution by bringing together the products and service already in existence, and to identify where gaps exist.”
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Pre-Employment : Clinical Research Opportunities & Education (up to & incl. QCF L6)
SVP Global Study Operations & Expansion – Care Access
Head of HSC Northern Ireland Research and Development Governance
Bridie Rowbotham TBC
UK Head of Sites – FutureMeds
Gerry Trillana TBC
Research Matron – Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Clinical Research Facilities for Experimental Medicine
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Early Talent Pipeline : Attraction, Recruitment & Gateways into a Clinical Research Career
Simon Denegri TBC
Executive Director – Academy of Medical Sciences / Chair of Clinical Trial Units, Nationally
Clinical Trials Specialist Apprentice – Syneos Health
Director of Organisational Development and Learning – NIHR CRN CC
Executive Director – Barrington James
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Early Talent Pipeline : Onboarding, Development & Retention (incl. apprenticeships)
Vice President Operations – IAOCR
Dr Lyne Jossé
Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies for Clinical Trials Specialist, Global and Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Learning – University of Kent
National Head of Research Delivery Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals – Health and Care Research Wales
Euan Dick TBC
Head of the Chief Scientist Office – Scottish Government
Network Engagement Lead – ECMC Programme Office
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Experienced Talent : Attraction Career Development & Retention (incl. trf skills & secondments)
Assistant Director HSC Northern Ireland Research and Development Division
VP Global Site Alliances – Parexel
Director, UK CRF
Julia Brown TBC
Director – UK CRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit Network
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Competence Frameworks for Clinical Trial Site Staff (clinical research specific competencies)
Senior Improvement Delivery Manager – Health Research Authority
Director of Strategic Partnerships – Paddington Life Sciences Life sciences & Lead for NIHR CRN North West London.
Vice President Clinical Operations – Syneos Health
Vicky Toms (nee Eyre)
UK Director of Clinical Trials – Re:Cognition Health
Mahadev Ramajee TBC
Medical Director – Panthera
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Competence Acquisition and Development: ICH-GCP (incl. but not limited to training programmes)
Director of Operations – Research Quality Association (RQA)
Research Business Manager – NIHR PRC (Leicester)
Medical Director – Future Meds UK and Medical Director – St Pancras Clinical Research
Expert GCP Inspector – MHRA
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Competence Acquisition and Development: Clinical Research Skills (incl. but not limited to training programmes)
Independent Consultant – Otus Clinical
Stuart Hatcher TBC
UK Prime Sites Director – IQVIA
Training Lead – NHS R&D Forum
Peter Thompson TBC
Director of Academy Programmes – NIHR
Chair – UK Trial Managers Network
Sub-Taskforce Leads for Competence Verification, Accreditation and Professional Recognition (non-academic, pragmatic standards. QCF L3 approx)
Accreditation Quality Manager – IAOCR
Director of Training and Development – ARMA