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Background

The UK Trial Managers’ Network (UKTMN) was developed over 20 years ago (1998) in response to concerns expressed by publicly-funded trial managers, and others involved in clinical trials. It was apparent that many of the people responsible for the day to day management of publicly-funded clinical trials were not receiving the necessary training and support to allow them to effectively and efficiently deliver trials on time and within budget. The main funding bodies in the UK worked jointly to develop a programme of training for trial managers and a forum in which trial managers could receive relevant and timely support and share experience and expertise.

Over the past two decades conducting trials has become more complex. There has been a substantial increase in national and international regulations and guidelines which impact on clinical trials.  Many trials now attempt to answer additional scientific questions in addition to the primary one of treatment effectiveness. Trial managers have attempted to keep up with these changing, and often complex demands. The benefits of consolidating a body of knowledge and expertise not specifically covered in other disciplines became apparent. 

For an in experienced trial manager the Network would provide both an information source for issues raised in the day-to-day running of a trial and a forum for exchange of knowledge. For new trial managers, the UKTMN provided a platform for training and networking. 

Many changes to the funding and management of the UKTMN have taken place since its inception in 1998, but our aim continues to remain the same. 

Aim of the UKTMN

The Network aims to facilitates the development of a well-trained, highly motivated, effective workforce of trial managers within the UK health care system who will make an important contribution to the efficient delivery of high quality clinical trials. It aims to provides a forum which will promotes best practice in effective management and delivery of clinical trials., and provide a focus for the professional accreditation of the competencies required to effectively manage a clinical trial and thereby developing a career pathway for trial managers. UKTMN also seeks to promote a shared understanding of the role and value of effective trial management within clinical research. The UKTMN is focused on promoting an understanding of the role of trial management professionals, developing a career pathway and the value of effective trial management within clinical research. 
The UKTMN is a vibrant hub of UK Trial Managers working together, sharing knowledge and experience, towards the efficient delivery of clinical trials and well-designed studies.

The UKTMN is hosted by the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Nottingham. The UKTMN is currently funded by Nuffield Department of Health, University of Oxford.  

 Objectives

  • Efficient communication to members
  • Ensure clear and accessible knowledge exchange
  • Problem solving
  • Provide relevant and useful training, webinars and support for members
  • Establish career development for trial management professionals
  • Produce a Competency Framework for Trial Managers
  • Professional accreditation
  • Research on research (SWATs)
  • Active involvement with methodological research into trial management
 
Governance

The UKTMN Executive Group comprises trial management professionals who have experience in the field and are able to provide relevant expert comment. The group provides independent oversight of the Network, including, advice and direction on the strategic developments and future direction of the UKTMN and on the delivery of the UKTMN objectives. Its terms of reference include:

·         Providing input into the continued development of the UKTMN work plan

·         Assessing, agreeing and monitoring the annual deliverables as outlined in the UKTMN work plan

·         Providing guidance to the Network Manager as required

·         Reviewing the UKTMN annual report, including financial report

·         Being fully informed of the needs of trial management professionals and the needs of the Network

The UKTMN Executive Group Terms of reference can be found here