The group includes both senior clinical academics and clinical research fellows who are usually junior trainees. Clinical research fellows include those taking time for out of programme research (OOPR), academic clinical fellows, and academic clinical lecturers, many of whom are also registered for higher research degrees (PhD or MD).
Clinicians work closely with other members of the trial team and site investigators to ensure all trials are carried out according to Good Clinical Practice guidelines. They review the clinical aspects of trial design and conduct, as well as safety data and procedures. Clinicians also work on funding, ethics and regulatory applications, plus trial costing and feasibility assessments.
Additional responsibilities for clinicians at the MRC CTU at UCL include research, development and education. They educate trial staff on disease-related matters and support them in managing clinical queries. Clinicians also develop their own research ideas, collaborate on translational projects and work with others to publish papers and present at conferences.
Hannah Rush - Clinical Science Functional Group Lead