Clinical trial management: a profession in crisis?

Eleanor Mitchell, Kirsteen Goodman, Natalie Wakefield, Claire Cochran, Sarah Cockayne, Simon Connolly, Riti Desai, Suzanne Hartley, Sarah Lawton, Katherine Oatey, Shelley Rhodes, Joshua Savage, Jodi Taylor, Nabila Youssouf

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Abstract

Clinical trial managers play a vital role in the design and conduct of clinical trials in the UK. There is a current recruitment and retention crisis for this specialist role due to a complex set of factors, most likely to have come to a head due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic clinical trial units and departments are struggling to recruit trial managers to vacant positions, and multiple influences are affecting the retention of this highly skilled workforce. Without tackling this issue, we face major challenges in the delivery on the Department of Health and Social Care’s Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery implementation plan. This article, led by a leading network of and for UK Trial Managers, presents some of the issues and ways in which national stakeholders may be able to address this.
Original languageEnglish
Article number357
JournalTrials
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

This paper has been written on behalf of the UKTMN Executive Group: Eleanor Mitchell, Kirsteen Goodman, Natalie Wakefield, Claire Cochran, Sarah Cockayne, Simon Connolly, Riti Desai, Lucy Fletcher, Suzanne Hartley, Sarah Lawton, Ryonfa Lee, Katherine Oatey, Shelley Rhodes, Joshua Savage, Jodi Taylor and Nabila Youssouf. The paper contains NIHR Open Data supplied by NIHR Centre for Business Intelligence, Crown copyright and database right, [25 March 2022], licensed under the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/).

Funding Information:
No specific funding was received for this article. UKTMN is funded by the Nuffield Department for Population Health (NDPH) at the University of Oxford and hosted by the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Nottingham.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s).

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Pandemics
  • Clinical Trials as Topic/organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Workforce
  • Research Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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