Earlier this year we welcomed Laura Danielson, Children and Young People’s Research Lead to the ECMC team. Laura takes over from Sheona Scales who is currently on secondment in the CRUK Cancer Grand Challenge team. Find out more about Laura.
Over the past year the ECMC Research Nurse Network Group has delivered training for more than 40 research nurses new to working in early phase cancer research. The aim of this training is to equip new early phase research nurses to deliver high quality, patient-centred care within the regulatory framework. The ECMC has run this training at various locations across the UK five times. We recognised the importance of ensuring that new research nurses continued to have the opportunity to access this training. The one-day in person training was updated to become two half-day online sessions.
Preliminary applications are invited for new sites to join the adult ECMC network. Please note that existing ECMCs do not need to submit a preliminary application. ECMC awards provide infrastructure funding to support experimental cancer medicine activity in sites across the UK. Bids must be submitted as a joint applications from at least one NHS Trust/Health Board organisation and one university partner.
Based on experiences and approaches from across the ECMC network the Centre Business Leads worked collaboratively to produce guidance on what to consider when reviewing and making improvements to local restart frameworks to set up, open and recruit to trials during national emergencies. This document can be used by members of the network to help implement or improve restart prioritisation categorisation of trials.
At the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic resulted in restrictions which made on-site monitoring of clinical trial data and documents more challenging due to safety and social distancing restrictions. These restrictions meant alternative ways of monitoring clinical trials needed to be explored and implemented to ensure data integrity and patient safety on clinical trials.
ECMC Quinquennial Review 12-month delay
The ECMC Network quinquennial review process has been delayed for 12-months, due to the impact of the pandemic on the ECMC Network sites.
The current 5- year ECMC funding period (2017 – 2022) is due to end in March 2022. A quinquennial review process was scheduled to run between March and October this year to award funding for the 4th ECMC quinquennium (2022 – 2027). However, all sites in the network have been seriously impacted by the current wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Read recent updates from the Advanced & Cell Therapies team led by Professor Fiona Thistlethwaite and about the recent appointment of Dr Emma Searle to the Haematology team within the Manchester ECMC