Training specific to trial managers
The skills and expertise of the trial manager are pivotal in the successful completion of a trial and the need to support and train these key people is well recognised. The trial manager’s role is multifaceted. It was acknowledged by UK funding bodies in 1998 that more formal training for those responsible for running trials would maximise their success and ultimately increase the knowledge base that influences health care management decisions. Trial managers are aware of the need and have lobbied for the past twenty years for access to appropriate training and career development.
The current Network membership has a wide range of expertise and there is an even bigger pool of knowledge among the wider clinical trial community. The UKTMN has a unique opportunity to share this body of knowledge and experience in a way that maximises the successful delivery of future trials.
One of the original aims of the Network was to provide a customised course but it soon became obvious that this approach would not be cost effective. It was agreed therefore that one-day workshops designed as career development opportunities should be developed. These were first set up in 2000 and have now been successfully run for 15 years. However, the Network members identified the need for more formal education and accreditation. Ideally these courses are modular and are accessible to busy trial managers leading to a recognised certificate, diploma or ultimately a degree, with past experience and work history forming part of the qualification. There are now several universities in the UK offering an MSc in clinical trials and the UKTMN has been a main contributor to at least one of them.
One day workshops have been developed in the following topics: