16th August 2023 saw the launch of the UK Clinical Trials Talent Taskforce (UKCTTT). We’re delighted to announce that Eleanor Mitchell (Chair of UKTMN) has accepted an invitation to join this taskforce, representing UKTMN.

The UKCTTT, led by IAOCR and NHS R&D Forum, aims to attract, develop, recognise and retain a world-class clinical trials workforce within the UK. Comprising trailblazers and key stakeholders, the taskforce aims to survey the whole of the UK clinical trials talent ecosystem to identify existing best practice. It will then use these findings to recommend a holistic solution to grow both the established and future talent needed for the UK to become a world-class destination for clinical research. One of the key outputs from the UKCTTT is a report to Government.

Whilst born from the recently published Lord O’Shaughnessy’s review on Commercial Clinical Trials in the UK, the UKCTTT will focus on roles working in non-commercial and commercial trials across the UK. 

‘Both the O’Shaughnessy and McLean reviews have recognised that the design, delivery and implementation of clinical research is complex and multi-disciplinary. This is why 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,’ says Angela Topping, NHS R&D Forum Executive Member and Head of the Newcastle Joint Research Office. 

The UKTMN is passionate about increasing recognition of trial management as a profession and about encouraging and enabling career development for individuals at all career stages of the trial management journey. We are excited to have a seat at the table of this much needed taskforce. 

The UKCTTT is a collaboration between the NHS R&D Forum and IAOCR (International Accrediting Organisation for Clinical Research). For more information on the Taskforce, see here: https://iaocr.com/ukcttt/

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