Workstreams and Work Groups

The UKCRF Network has developed an operational model of establishing Workstreams and Work Groups that draw together relevant experts from across the UK wide members to collaborate on specific projects that have been identified as challenges to effective operations. These projects have proven to be a highly effective system in developing tools to support operational activity of CRFs. These tools are then shared with the experimental medicine (EM) infrastructure via the UKCRF Network Hub site

Costing and Sustainability

The Costing and Sustainability Workstream provides a forum for CRF managers to share experiences and develop initiatives to support costing, invoicing and revenue recovery for clinical research conducted in CRFs. The key driver for the Workstream is to support effective financial management in CRFs, recognising that many CRFs receiving NIHR/core funding have a growing portfolio of studies which can provide income essential to long term sustainability.

Ian Brown, Research Accountant at NIHR Sheffield CRF is the Chair for this Workstream. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

CRFManager®

The purpose of the CRFManager® Workstream is to facilitate a small group of dedicated CRFManager® users and the CRFManager® supplier [Edinburgh CRF] to work together on issues specifically affecting CRF’s within the UKCRF Network. This Workstream has representatives from CRF’s in England, Ireland and Scotland and is open to new members as requested.

The position of Chair for this Workstream is currently vacant. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

CRF Managers Association

The CRF Managers Association Work Group providing a constructive forum for CRF managers to share knowledge and expertise, time is used effectively, providing up to date information on best practice, future plans, tools and resources available as they are produced by the various Workstreams.

The group meets once a year at the CRF Conference and is chaired by an elected CRF Manager for a fixed term and is supported by the deputy chair who represent represents the non clinical contingent of CRF managers. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

Education and Training

The Education and Training Workstream provides a forum where Education & Training leads and nominated others from CRFs can share ideas and expertise related to education and training for CRF staff. Activities include promoting and sharing expertise and developments, determine and set overall strategic direction for CRF related education and research related training matters, and liaising with other relevant organisations, e.g. NIHR CRN CC, to ensure that the work of the group is up to date.

Norma Diaper, Lead Clinical Educator at NIHR/WT Southampton CRF is the Chair for this Workstream. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

Experimental Medicine Nurses

The Experimental Medicine Nurses Work Group has been set up to develop and share key insights, ensure individual NIHR supported clinical research nurses have a professional development plan and access to skills development activity and to raise the profile and share the benefits of having an effective Clinical Research Nurse workforce to key stakeholders, including Industry.

For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

Intensity

The Intensity Workstream continues to ratify the Intensity Tool to meet the needs of CRFs when planning and managing resource allocation requirements. This tool has been devised to quantify clinical research activity and to define study intensity in a measurable way.

The tool is available through the UKCRF Network Hub and the UKCRF Network recommends it as an effective mechanism when planning resource allocation.

Anna Steele, Nurse Manager at NIHR Exeter CRF is the Chair for this Workstream. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

IT

The IT Work Group aims to share ideas and expertise related to systems developments, emerging software and technology. Activities include considering cross-site IT developments and use of commonly developed systems and making IT recommendations to CRF Senior Management/CRF Network, seeking approval for proposed developments.

Lynn Mills, Systems Analyst at NIHR/WT Southampton CRF is the Chair for this Workstream. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

Laboratory Managers

The Lab Managers Work Group was established to exchange good practice, support laboratory activity and develop common standards. The group are involved in a number of activities to ensure that CRF management systems meet statutory requirements including the sharing of competency checking methods and teaching presentations and compiling a list of useful questions for MHRA inspections.

Darran Ball, Laboratory Manager at NIHR/Wellcome Trust Southampton CRF is the Chair for this Workstream. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

Paediatric

The Paediatric Work Group has evolved in response to the needs of staff facilitating children to take part in research. It aims to share and develop best practice so will link to other Workstreams as appropriate. Initial goals are to support paediatric nurses working in isolation, identify education and training needs and act as a forum to resolve paediatric governance issues.

Lorraine Hodsdon, Head of Nursing at Great Ormond Street CRF and Jane Martin, Children's Senior Research Sister at NIHR/WT Southampton CRF co-Chair this Workstream. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E)

TThe PPI/E Workstream was established at the 2013 CRF Conference to identify and develop a platform for shared work across the experimental medicine infrastructure. The group is open to anyone from across the network with a clear PPI remit in their role.

Jenny Preston, PPI Manager at NIHR Aldery Hey CRF & PPI Priority Lead at NIHR CRN CC Chairs this Workstream. For more information visit the new UKCRF Network Hub

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance (QA) Workstream aims to foster and facilitate collaborative working and sharing of good practice to develop common QA systems in clinical research facilities. Activities include the organisation and delivery of MHRA inspection workshops and the submission of standard operating procedures to the UKCRF Network.

Paul Cross, Quality Assurance Manager at Guy's & St Thomas' CRF is the Chair for this Workstream. To find out more visit the new UKCRF Network Hub.

Visit the UKCRF Network Hub Site at http://ukcrfn.nihr.ac.uk - for a username and password see Contacts.