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Letter: who should lead clinical trials?

More non-medics are moving into this role, but a competency framework is needed

In the past, hospital based clinical trials were led by principal investigators who were either medics or scientists with PhDs or a post-doctoral qualification.

However, within the last 10 years more and more non-medics have been taking on this role, though literature on the subject is minimal.

We explored this at National Institute for Health Research Annual Symposium workshop and a number of themes were highlighted.

Firstly a competency framework is needed to enable the role to evolve. Study type, staff groups, governance and support from trusts, were also highlighted. We believe further exploration is needed from focus groups and audit and would very much like to hear whether others support this view.


Marion Evans, Pauline Boyle Karen Hylton

West Midlands Clinical Research Network, National Institute

for Health Research (NIHR)

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