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N ireland cancer trials network nictn incorporating the cancer centre and cancer units

CR UK Clinical Director, NI

CR UK Lead Nurse, London

Senior Cancer Nurse, BHSCT













Children’s Nurse Manager




CR UK Senior Nurse/ Deputy Director NICCTU

Sonographer professional

accountability, via lead

sonogrpaherLorimer Suite

Clinical Trials


Network and NICCTU Lead CRN





Team with

rotating team

Leader x 3











Team with

rotating team

Leader x6 +2


Haem CRN

Team with

rotating team

Leader x3








NICCTU, East Podium








= joint appointment/management

TBA – to be appointed, TBC – post to be confirmed

Lisburn Road

N Ireland Cancer Trials Network (NICTN) incorporatingThe Cancer Centre and Cancer Units

Induction (1)

  • Meeting with key Network personnel

  • Mapping schedule of Network Team Meetings and site visits

  • Meeting with Consultants/Investigators and developing Network Trials portfolio

  • Data management training (including local exam)

  • Training on Research Governance processes and documentation

  • Clinical Trial Practitioner Workshop

Induction 2
Induction (2)

  • Meeting with R & D Nurse Programme Manager

  • Meeting with Cancer Research UK Senior Nurse

  • Meeting with CRUK Senior Lead Manager

  • Meeting with CRUK Senior Press Officer

  • Meeting with Key Consultants, Nurse Specialists, Nurses and support staff

  • Meeting with key personnel from clinical and support departments (laboratory, pharmacy, radiology and pathology)

  • Schedule of clinics and MDT meetings and other relevant meetings/video conferencing

Other education and training
Other Education and Training

  • Motivation Skills (Aisheen)

  • Leadership Skills (Aishleen & Ethna)

  • Handling Difficult Situations (Aishleen & Ethna)

  • Organizing and Supporting Meetings (Aishleen & Ruth)

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making (Aishleen)

  • Oral Presentation Skills (Aishleen)

  • Introduction to Audit and Research in Clinical Practice (Aishleen)

  • Competence in Nursing Roles (Ruth)

  • The Cambridge Experience (review of quality and practice in paediatric clinical trials) (Sinead)

Research activities 1
Research Activities (1)

  • Identifying potential Network Portfolio for Cancer Units and initiating Research Governance processes

  • Conference poster on Network

  • Raising awareness of regional research development through co-authoring poster presentation All-Ireland Cancer Conference, Dec 2008

  • Staff education about clinical trials and the new role

  • Article in Newsletter of the Haematology Association of Ireland Nurses Group about the network and CRN role

  • Developed trial stickers for medical notes at each unit

Research activities 2
Research Activities (2)

  • Promoted GCP training among staff

  • Review of SOPs for Network Development

  • Established Northern HSC Trust (NHSCT) Operational Group and Steering Group

  • Established Southern HSC Trust (SHSCT) Operational Group and Steering Group

  • Research Article in Directorate Newsletter (NHSCT)

  • Acknowledgement in Directorate Annual Report to Chief Executive (NHSCT)

  • Member of Clinical Research Nurse Forum for NHSCT

  • Application for Sharing Excellence/leading Quality Awards (NHSCT)

Research activities 3
Research Activities (3)

  • Representation of NHSCT and SEHSCT at the DHSSPS Central Nursing Advisory Committee R & D consultation on CRN competencies

  • Presentation to Senior Management Team South Eastern HSC Trust (SEHSCT)

  • SEHSCT Conference Presentation on clinical research and CRN role

Clinical professional development
Clinical/Professional Development

  • Co-authors Poster Presentation All-Ireland Cancer Conference, Dec 2008

  • NI Cancer Research Nurse Strategy Group

  • Lecture on Clinical Trials, QUB Chemotherapy Course (Ruth & Ethna)

  • Lecture on Clinical Trials, Beeches Management Centre (Ruth)

  • Member of NHSCT Specialist Nurse Working Group (Aishleen)

  • Maintenance of mandatory training and clinical supervision

  • Academic Studies: MSc in Nursing, MSc Specialist Practice, BSc Specialist Practice

Specific achievements
Specific Achievements

  • The new posts have greatly enhance the capacity for recruitment to cancer clinical trials at Cancer Units in N Ireland

  • The Visibility of the role as a result of the extensive awareness raising and networking within the Host Trusts has raised the profile of clinical research

  • Integration of the CRN as a member of the cancer team having a role as a resource for staff and patients has stimulated research interest

Challenges barriers to success 1
Challenges/Barriers to success (1)

  • Timing of the introduction of the posts with the Review of Public Administration in N Ireland, there were significant changes in management personnel within Trusts since the initial rounds of communication about the initiative. Hence there was a need to re-establish that knowledge and understanding with new personnel

  • Fears regarding the service impact of the introduction of clinical trials. To address this, the strategy has been to initiate low impact epidemiological studies in the first instance, to familiarize staff with the research process, while further discussions are on-going towards the introduction of intervention studies

Challenges barriers to success 2
Challenges/Barriers to success (2)

  • Time required for studies to work through the local approval processes has delayed the development of the portfolio, with recruitment to studies commencing end 2008 start 2009

  • Understanding of the role of the Network CRN and the relationship with the N Ireland Cancer Clinical Trials Unit in its role as the co-ordinating centre of the N Ireland Cancer Trials Network has continued to develop among stakeholders

Challenges barriers to success 3
Challenges/Barriers to success (3)

  • Local line managers were very helpful in establishing resources for the Network CRNs however they did experience changes in accommodation and delays in establishing their computer/phone resources at the Host Trust. Issues of dedicated office space and equipment are still being negotiated in some settings

Aims for the future
Aims for the Future

  • Establish the Operational Steering group in the coming year to increase and formalise stakeholder participation and agreed targets

  • Consider initiatives to widely promote the establishment of the Network, and develop written information to support this need

  • Further development of Network Portfolio at each Cancer Unit and increasing trial recruitment