Clinical Trials Unit

 

Papworth Trials Unit Collaboration (PTUC)

The Papworth Trials Unit Collaboration (PTUC), which is part of the NIHR UKCRC registered CTU network, collaborates with  the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge and the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) at Brunel University. We also work closely with the Research & Development Department and investigators at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Enquiries | Who we are | What we do | | Project management

Enquiries

If you would like support with the project management of your research then please contact the PCTU team, papworth.ptuc@nhs.netas soon as possible to discuss how best we can support you including our list of fees.

Who are we?

Our experienced senior management team, under the directorship of Dr Robert Rintoul, includes Dr Vikki Hughes the Operational Manager and Dr Ian Smith the R&D Clinical Director.

The CTU has a team of Clinical Project Managers (CPM) who manage all aspects of a study’s design, set up, conduct and analysis including expertise in grant writing, protocol development, project management, monitoring and audit, and regulatory submissions.

The CPMs and investigator teams are supported by Database Managers (led by Jo Steele); statisticians from Papworth and MRC Biostatistics Unit (led by Dr Sofia Villar) ; Health Economists (lead by Prof Julia Fox-Rushby) and a Quality Assurance team. The CTU also has its own finance and contract service and access to copyright and IP advice through a service level agreement with Health Enterprise East.

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What do we do?

We have the infrastructure and expertise to develop, conduct and sponsor the following types of clinical research:

  • Drug trials (Clinical Trials of investigational medicinal products - CTIMPs)
  • Medical device trials
  • Observational studies
  • Physiological Research Studies
  • Qualitative research

The expertise of the PCTU, as part of the largest cardiothoracic unit in the UK, includes the management of research studies in the following clinical areas:

  • Cardiac surgery
  • Inflammatory Lung Disease (bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis)
  • Imaging
  • Immunity
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Thoracic oncology, including Mesothelioma
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplantation (heart/lung)

Project Management Service
Our Project Management Service which is available to investigators throughout the UK includes the following:

  • Data Management
  • Dissemination of Results (writing for publication for publication)
  • eCRF design (OpenClinica)
  • Grant applications
  • Health Economics
  • Monitoring
  • Protocol Design
  • Randomisation
  • Sponsorship
  • Statistics (including analysis)
  • Trial Set up
  • Trial Closure

Enquiries

If you would like support with the project management of your research then please contact the PCTU team,  as soon as possible to discuss how best we can support you including our list of fees.

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