To enable the restart of non-COVID-19 research it is essential that research monitors can gain safe access to NHS facilities, to support the safety of patients in vital research studies and to meet regulatory requirements. Research monitors need to access on-site electronic patient record systems. Monitors will comply with the COVID-19: infection prevention and control guidance.
Research monitors may come from commercial or non-commercial organisations. Most are members of the professional bodies for clinical research, Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) and Clinical & Contract Research Association (CCRA). They will have a risk assessment with their line manager before any on site work commences. This should inform both parties regarding their own personal risk (age, ethnicity, gender, certain long-term conditions and pregnancy). They will follow the guidelines on testing, self-isolation, and contact tracing for COVID-19 available on www.nhs.uk.
If you have any questions please contact your local NHS R&D office or Local Clinical Research Network.