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A single harmonised pharmacy process to improve clinical trial set-up times
  1. Miriam Lettieri1,
  2. Sophia Boydell2,
  3. Andreea Chivu3,
  4. Sarah Fallon4,
  5. Andrew Ustianowski4,
  6. Monika Cien2,
  7. Claire Cole2,
  8. Sophia Burgess1,
  9. Carolyn Davies1,
  10. Claire Keatley5,
  11. Anne-Marie Peers5,
  12. Maxine Syme6,
  13. Deborah Sutton7,
  14. Nicola Hermitage8,
  15. Lydia Sutherland3,
  16. Michelle Beecroft9,
  17. Ali Aghabeigi10,
  18. Beatriz Duran Jimenez1
    1. 1Pharmacy, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
    2. 2Research and Innovation, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
    3. 3Pharmacy Department, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, Manchester, UK
    4. 4NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
    5. 5Pharmacy, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, Salford, Manchester, UK
    6. 6Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
    7. 7Pharmacy, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Blackburn, Lancashire, UK
    8. 8Pharmacy, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport, UK
    9. 9Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK
    10. 10Pharmacy, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan, Wigan, UK
    1. Correspondence to Dr Miriam Lettieri, Pharmacy, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK; miriam.lettieri{at}mft.nhs.uk

    Abstract

    The UK has fallen from fourth to 10th place in the global ranking for clinical trial activities in the past 6 years. Due to the limited capacity of the clinical trial pharmacy workforce and delays in providing pharmacy approvals, pharmacy has been identified as one of the constraining services that delays the set-up and delivery of clinical trials. To tackle this problem, we developed a single pharmacy review process for multicentre trials across Greater Manchester (GM) and tested its feasibility and implementation in our region. A survey completed by each GM Trust suggests that this harmonised pharmacy review process for multicentre studies would expedite trial set-up time at each pharmacy site and standardise the pharmacy review process in GM. We therefore believe that this harmonised review process could potentially reduce pharmacy set-up time and reposition the UK in the global market for clinical trials.

    • Clinical Trial
    • PHARMACY SERVICE, HOSPITAL
    • Practice Guideline
    • Quality of Health Care
    • Workforce

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    All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as supplementary information. n/a.

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