This is facilitated through a dedicated Industry Manager within each Local Research Network who works to ensure that the NHS can meet the health research needs of industry. The Industry Manager offers a single point of contact for all services.
Contact details for the West Midlands (South) CLRN Industry Manager can be found on the Contact Us page.
Alternatively, you can submit your query using our Industry Contact Form
Industry research within West Midlands (South)
Commercial research is of great value to NHS Patients. It offers the opportunity to access potentially life-saving or life-changing treatments earlier than when they are commercially available. In addition, they offer a source of income to NHS trusts and give clinicians the opportunity to participate in high-quality research.
The West Midlands (South) Industry team are continuously looking to improve the commercial research service across the region, by supporting all stakeholders delivering commercial research. Together we aim to:
- Increase the number of commercial studies in the region
- Achieve some of the fastest set-up times in the country
- Recruit to time and target in all studies
Who's who? Meet the Industry Team
Emma Rowan, Industry Manager is the first point of contact for Industry and for investigators wishing to get involved with commercial research. A key part of her role is to ensure West Midlands (South) is a leading CLRN for attracting industry research, as well as seeking out opportunities for under-researched specialty disease areas. She has oversight of the delivery of all studies in the region, from feasibility, through to set-up and recruitment. Emma is the first point of contact for any matters of escalation.
Kerry Flahive, Industry Focused Research Nurse primarily supports departments new to research by mentoring nurses new to commercial trials. She is leading on the Research Readiness project, designed to help new sites become equipped to participate in commercial research.
Lauren Thakrar, Industry Assistant RM&G Project Manager delivers projects that aim to improve the department, such as leading on the Participant Identification Centre development project, pre-consent project, and the execution of the communications plan. Her role also involves RM&G activities such as governance reviews, costing commercial research and reviewing amendments.
Parmy Sandhu, Industry RM&G Facilitator provides high level support to investigators and commercial companies applying for NHS permission, ensuring studies are processed through the system well within the 30 day target. She also works to engage commercial companies and provides support to service improvement projects.
Contact the Industry Team
Telephone: 01564 711729
Training and Research Support from West Midlands (South) CLRN
New Industry Initiative: Research Readiness
The Research Readiness Service is a new initiative looking to provide clinical areas with support and encouragement for commercial research. Interested departments will be visited by the Industry Focused Research Nurse, Kerry Flahive, to identify areas for staff and the environment to develop. Departments will then be supported to complete a Research Readiness Checklist which on successful completion will entitle them to certification.
It is intended to support departments new to research, however existing sites are welcome to apply for certification. Visits will be available from September 2013. Please contact Kerry Flahive for further details: email@example.com
West Midlands (South) CLRN Academy for Research Active Professionals.
The WM(S) CLRN Academy has been created to provide a framework of training and support to researchers within the CLRN. Visit the Academy webpage for further information on training courses, dates and bookings.
NEW!! Commercial Trials Workshop
This new course is designed to help new and existing sites attract commercial research through feasibility assessments and discuss the requirements to help it deliver.
Dates for February 2014 coming soon!
Register your interest at: Industry.Research@uhcw.nhs.uk
West Midlands (South) Industry Performance 2012/13
This year, West Midlands (South) CLRN aimed to recruit into 40 commercial studies. At the end of March 2013, 49 studies had been recruited to, a fantastic achievement for West Midlands (South). In addition, it was selected for 33 new CCRN studies, 13 of which are new investigators and sites.
One of the performance measures for the industry team is to increase the speed patients are enrolled into studies. The national measure is to recruit within 30 days of the study initiating. This year, 47% of all commercial studies recruited within 30 but on removal of studies not expecting to recruit at least one patient within 30 days, all but two met this target.
The coordinating centre performance manages CLRNs using a Red Amber Green System. This year, WM(S) were rated ‘green’ for 11 months of the year for open studies recruiting to time and target. This means that the patients were being recruited within the expected timeframe.
These achievements are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all investigators and research teams working in the West Midlands (South) on commercial studies. We would like to give a big thank you to everybody involved.
West Midlands (South) CLRN can assist with feasibility assessments at any stage of the process, from initial capability to site selection visit. The Industry Team are available to answer any queries you may have and will support you to create accurate recruitment targets. For further information on Feasibility Services click here.
Industry Costing Template
The NIHR Costing Template proposes standardised, itemised costs for research to reduce negotiation time. It also adds on Capacity Building and Overhead elements to ensure full cost recovery and secure capacity for future research. The Industry Manager is available to support sites, industry and investigators using the template. The template is an Excel spreadsheet free for all to use online. There is also a free, online training course to help you understand how to use the costing template.
Income Distribution Model
In 2011, the NIHR CRN developed guidance on how to distribute income generated from Industry-sponsored contract trials to secure the long-term financial stability of clinical research infrastructure. The model enables departments to benefit from Industry sponsored studies by having:
- Accountability for own income
- Transparent return from commercial studies
- Incentives proportional to activity
- A sustainable research infrastructure
For further information on the Income Distribution Model, click here.
During the lifecycle of a commercially sponsored clinical study it is possible that certain issues may arise that will threaten the study, perhaps in terms of start up activity, the ability to recruit sufficiently or overall integrity of the study. It is vitally important that such issues are identified, escalated and addressed in a timely manner so they do not threaten the overall success of the study. The identification and escalation of issues is the responsibility of all staff involved in the study.
The following escalation process gives you an idea of the timelines involved if you escalate an issue / barrier that you are having.
The first point of contact is usually the Industry Manager, who will try to resolve within three days. If unable to do so, she will escalate it further, the avenue is dependent on the nature of the issue.
Participant Identification Centres (PICs)
West Midlands (South) CLRN takes on a crucial role in supporting commercial companies to engage potential research sites, through to feasibility and study set-up, recruiting to time and target. West Midlands (South) CLRN in collaboration with the Primary Care Research Network for Central England (PCRN-CE) provides support and training to GP Practices and Clinicians to become actively involved in research, as a Research Site or a Participant Identification Centre (PIC) for secondary care research sites. By being a PIC, this provides practices a supported introduction to research with a wealth of benefits including access to trials for your patient population, free Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training, reimbursement for participation, building and establishing collaborative relationships with commercial sponsors and NHS Trusts and conducting feasibility assessments through database screening.
To discuss opportunities for participating in Industry Studies in Primary Care please contact Emma Rowan (Industry Manager, West Midlands South CLRN) or Sue Elwell (Research Manager, Primary Care Research Network).
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) is evolving; it currently comprises of eight separate National Networks, with more than 100 local networks hosted by more than 70 Trusts. The new structure from April 2014 will see the NIHR CRN comprise of 15 NIHR Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRN), each to be hosted by a single organisation. The boundaries of these LCRNs will be based on the geographical areas of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN).
What will the structure look like?
The structure will be based around themes and specialities. There will be 30 NIHR CRN National Specialties; these specialties will be grouped within 12 NIHR CRN Themes. There will also be six research delivery divisions covering a set of specialties. Click here for further information on the key functions of the new structure.
What are the expected outcomes of the Transition?
The transition will support researchers and other key stakeholders in understanding and accessing the support of the Networks’ through a unified and integrated structure, enhancing operational efficiency within NHS research delivery.
If you have any queries with regards to the structure change, contact the Transition Programme Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org