Research and clinical trial awareness

We provide a variety of resources to help you understand the specialist teams and infrastructure which support clinical research at The Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research and to help you gain a broader understanding of research and clinical trials. 

Introduction to clinical research

We run quarterly workshops which provide an introduction to clinical research at The Royal Marsden and the ICR. These one day workshops are for anyone working in clinical trials including trial co-ordinators and administrators, clinical research nurses, research active consultants, clinical fellows and support services. 

2017 workshops

Every workshop starts with an introduction to setting up and running a clinical research study, outlining the role of the R&D office and quality assurance. Each afternoon session has a different focus, you are welcome to attend all day or for the morning or afternoon session. All sessions will be held in Sutton.

  • 23 November 2017 - Engaging with support services

Presentations from previous workshops can be downloaded below:

Our Introduction to clinical research support and infrastructure booklet outlines the different teams that support clinical trials and includes useful contact details. 

Practical aspects of Good Clinical Practice

An interactive workshop covering the following topics:

  • Data quality for clinical research
  • Implementing CAPAs for audit findings, incident and protocol violations
  • IMP accountability and IMP compliance
  • Safety reporting in clinical trials

The next sessions will be held on 

  • 8 December 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm

All sessions are video-linked between Sutton and Chelsea.

Registration and further information

Clinical Trial Awareness

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the main principles and regulations governing clinical research to staff that work to support research in their everyday role.  It will provide an overview of the regulatory framework governing clinical trials and examples of how these regulations affect the clinical research process. This is suitable staff that are involved in supporting the care of trial patients, but that are not delegated to carry out study-specific procedures. Examples might include staff nurses, radiologists, laboratory staff, allied health professionals, radiotherapy technicians, administrators, registration / outpatients staff etc.

The next sessions will be held on:

  • 20 February 2018, 1:30 -  3:30pm
    • Glass Meeting Room 1, Brookes Lawley Building (BLB), ICR, Sutton.
  • 20 June 2018, 1:30 -  3:30pm
    • Cripps Lecture Theatre, RM, Sutton
  • 6 September 2018, 1:30 -  3:30pm
    • Julian Bloom Lecture Theatre, RM, Chelsea

Registration and further information

NIHR Fundamentals of Clinical Research

This two-day programme is designed for staff new to research, and covers the research process from the history of research, drug development, monitoring and auditing. The sessions are assessed via multiple choice questions and a training certificate is provided.

The next session will be held on:

  • 18 - 19 December 2017, Virginia Henderson Room, Sycamore House, Sutton

To register, complete the booking form and return to Lisa Rowland, Research Administrator.

AcoRD training

AcoRD (Attributing the cost of health and social care research and development) classifies the distinction between the three categories of costs associated with non-commercial clinical research studies: Research costs, NHS support costs and treatment costs. These workshops will help you to understand how to cost non-commercial studies using actual Royal Marsden protocols as exemplars. 

Registration and further information

100k Genome Project Study Day

Find out about this research programme, which will transform how NHS patients are treated through the use of genomic medicine. The course will cover approach, consent, molecular diagnostics and sample transfer to GEL. This is suitable for anyone who sees patients with breast, colorectal, ovarian, prostate, renal or sarcoma cancers.

Registration and further information