NHSL and UoE clinical trial and research pathways external review - summary of recommendations and action plan

NHSL and UoE clinical trial and research pathways external review - summary of recommendations and action plan

Dear colleagues

Many of you will be aware that we commissioned an external review of our clinical research pathway in Edinburgh last year, which took place in January 2020. Although COVID interrupted momentum to consider the findings and act on them, a steering group has met regularly during this year to develop an action plan. Some actions have already been taken and others are planned. There is still work to do, but we think this has been an extremely useful process.

It is important that we disseminate the key recommendations and actions, and had intended to do this sooner, but the COVID pandemic has created additional challenges for us all. Attached you will find a summary of the key recommendation made and how the steering group have suggested acting on them. This is a partnership between the NHS and the college of Medicine, and actions are ongoing or planned by both parties which we hope will ensure we have a clear joint strategy, and increase our research pathway capacity, efficiency, and oversight. We are also aware that pressures on the system mean we need to be mindful of the well-being of staff who are often hard stretched. A key action was to develop a strategy for the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit, which is now complete and also attached.

Both documents will be available on the ECTU and ACCORD websites here. This has been a considerable effort by many individuals, and we would welcome any feedback.

Best wishes

Tim Walsh

 

Tim Walsh BSc(Hons) MBChB(Hons) FRCP FRCA FFICM MRes MD

Chair of Critical Care, University of Edinburgh

Head of Department, Anaesthesia, Criical Care & Pain Medicine, University of Edinburgh

PA Dawn Campbell: (dawn.campbell@ed.ac.uk)

 

Director of Research & Innovation, NHS Lothian & SE Scotland East Region

Director, Acute Care Edinburgh, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh