The UKCRF Network was established in 2008 and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Chief Scientist Office of Scotland. New funding was awarded to Manchester University Foundation Trust for the period 2017 to 2022, and is delivered through a partnership arrangement with CRF Leads from Southampton, Birmingham, Cambridge and Lancashire.
The vision of the UKCRF Network is to develop, share and implement excellence in CRF operations to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of studies. Through collaborative working, the UKCRF Network supports the experimental medicine ecosystem across the NHS.
This vision requires delivery of four interdependent and mutually enhancing strategic objectives:
- Theme 1: Achieving CRF operational excellence to deliver experimental medicine studies;
- Theme 2: Facilitating coordination and accelerated delivery of trials through CRFs;
- Theme 3: Developing and sharing best practice/tools for CRF staff education, training and development;
- Theme 4: Delivering collaborative and coordinated public involvement, engagement and participation activities to show case experimental medicine.
SMT and Theme Group Chairs at the Annual Chairs Meetings, February 2019
The UKCRF Network is led by its Director, Helen Pidd with day to day operational delivery by an Operations Team. The Network’s Senior Management Team (SMT) lead the delivery of the work programme and consist of CRF and stakeholder representatives. A number of SMT members are also Theme Leads, and are responsible for the successful delivery of individual objectives. Theme Leads deliver projects with the involvement of Delivery Teams (Theme Groups) made up of expert practitioners.
An Advisory Board has been established to advise the delivery of the work programme and priorities. The Advisory Board is chaired by Dr John Williams who has spent 16 years working with the Wellcome Trust Charity and is now the Managing Director at Birmingham Health Partners. The Board has members from across the Experimental Medicine Infrastructure.
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