The aim of the UKTMN Competency Framework for Trial Management is to address the lack of recognition of trial management as a profession and to encourage career development and training opportunities for both novice, experienced and senior trial management professionals.
The framework is a system for 'trial managers' to register their expertise and manage their career development. The framework brings together a compilation of recognised competency, skill and behavioural frameworks and has been developed specifically for trial management professionals working in clinical trials. This framework can be use to monitor professional development and should help to identify training and experience necessary to progress individuals through novice, experienced and senior roles.
Why do 'trial managers' need a Competency Framework?
A competency framework and continuing professional development is common, if not obligatory, within most professions. In the field of trial management it is becoming widely expected that 'trial managers' keep a formal record of their professional skills and experience but there is no body empowered to accredit trial management as a profession. Therefore, the UKTMN is exploring ways that trial managers will be able to provide evidence of their abilities with the aim of the Competency Framework for Trial Managers becoming the nationally recognised standard. The benefit to trial managers, CTUs, employers and sponsors will be the knowledge that there is a consistent way of evaluating the competencies and behaviours required to manage a clinical trial effectively.