We aim to help local sites get off the ground more quickly, and offer expert support on getting through all the paperwork associated with research in the NHS.
Training & education
The network can help with the recruitment of study staff funded by the trial and also with their induction and training. This also applies to staff who may already be in post locally, and training can be provided throughout the duration of the study. GMLC can deliver training and provide advice/support on any aspect of study management. More details can be found here.
The network assists study sponsors (e.g. pharmaceutical industry) in identifying local sites who may be interested in future studies. This includes helping to provide data on patient populations and information on current NHS practice. More information on the feasibility process can be found here.
Study proposal development
Feasibility of study at site
GMLC staff will help local investigators understand the practical implications of running a study at their site and will assist them with any potential difficulties.
Approvals and agreements
All portfolio studies now are approved through the NIHR Co-ordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (NIHR CSP) and our dedicated administration team are well versed navigating the process and facilitate permissions on behalf of the researcher. Our staff can also deal with contracts and other agreements that may be required and will make sure they are in place before the study starts
Our staff can help to calculate the cost of running the project at a site and check to ensure funding is in place to cover all costs and for commercial research we now use the NIHR Industry Costing Template. This is done in conjunction with the investigator, local R&D and the sponsor.
Study set up & initiation
Our team can also help with the practical measures and planning that must take place before a study can start at a site. This includes helping ensure support services such as laboratories and radiology are ready to take part, or setting up an initiation meeting. Help can also be provided in setting up regulatory compliant systems and processes, such as Standard Operating Procedures.
The team can also help with planning successful recruitment strategies to maximise accrual.
Data collection & input
The team are able to expertly collect, enter data and manage study data and training on this area in accordance with governance requirements is also available for other staff who may be involved.
Study close-down and archiving
Once the study has ended, we can help to ensure it is closed down correctly and that archiving arrangements are in place and compliant with the regulations governing trials.