Wed 13 Nov 2024 09:30-15:30
Online Course

This educational, one-day course has been designed to benefit the whole Clinical Research Team. The day will offer practical advice on the planning and delivery of an effective research trial. Share both practical and strategic tools and focus on the expression of interests, achieving high levels of feasibility and data integrity.

Make sure you book before Friday 13th September to benefit from the NHS and Public Sector Early Bird, saving you £150 per place, plus you can also take advantage of a new special offer where if you book 3 places, you can get the 4th for free!

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Clinical Research Leadership and Management
Online 4.5 hours From £249+VAT

4.5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

By offering practical guidance to your NHS clinical research team, this event will tackle the key components that ensure delivery of optimal research. Dedicate a day to gain insights from industry experts and concentrate on:

  • Refine your leadership and management skills
  • Enhance your team dynamics through strong leadership
  • Understand expressions of interests
  • Achieve high levels of feasibility
  • Develop your research mapping skills
  • Improve oversight with your team
  • Achieve integrity in your data
  • Get the most out of monitoring your trial

Developed with convenience in mind: join this NHS online course remotely

Take away useful techniques and new skills to use in your day-to-day work routine, plus benefit from:

  • Evidenced based examples and referrals: providing appropriate, relevant support and sign posting
  • Interactive presentations: your concerns addressed with sensitivity and care
  • Closed room discussions: benchmark and engage with your fellow attendees
  • Agreed action plan: leave the course with the confidence to make changes

This course is available for in-house training

Available as bespoke training to teams of 30+ people. Please do contact us if you would like this course delivered exclusively to your team, with the content developed to drill into the specific needs of your service. Please email Sarah Kemm or call 01732 897788 for further details.

Join, tech support and opportunity to network in your meeting room
Introduction, instructions and leader’s opening remarks
Karl Ward, Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation (Education), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Lead for the LTHT Research Academy, NIHR GCP Facilitator and Fellow, Higher Education Academy
The changing clinical research landscape
Management and leadership in clinical research
  • What are the drivers and tensions in clinical research?
  • What type of manager/leader do you prefer? Leadership in healthcare
  • Choosing a leadership style: self-assessment and common styles
  • How do you lead your team? Team dynamics
  • What makes a good team? How do good teams operate?
  • Teaming strategy and team building: practical tips
Screen break
Setting strategy in clinical research
Clinical research strategy: identifying your direction and priorities
  • National vs local research strategy
  • Local divisional research strategy: How did we develop this?
Expression of interest, feasibility and projection
Feasibility: why is this important?
  • Things to ask yourself when undertaking feasibility
  • Horizon scanning / forecasting: what is out there?
  • Workforce projection: taking a realistic approach
  • What do sponsors look for in a Research Site?
  • Identifying the barriers to research in the UK
  • Building a balanced portfolio: How to achieve this
Interactive discussion: How is research chosen to be conducted in your area?
  • The challenges in clinical research feasibility planning
  • How will you manage your feasibility planning going forward
Lunch break
Feedback from interactive discussion: How is research chosen to be conducted in your area?
Establishing, maintaining and facilitating oversight
Facilitating oversight: investigating the ‘what’ and ‘why’?
  • Is facilitating oversight complicated?
  • Direct/indirect, formal/informal oversight
  • How to achieve facilitation of oversight?
  • Importance of good communication: both written and verbal
  • Direct annotation and note to file
  • Meetings, corridor conversations and email correspondence
  • Role of the team in facilitation of oversight
Quality assurance in clinical research
Interactive discussion: where do you think problems can arise?
  • What measures can be taken to reduce error in trials?
Screen break
Feedback from interactive discussion: where do you think problems can arise?
Data quality in clinical research
  • Why do we have quality control and quality assurance?
  • Mistakes or misconduct: the effects
  • Data quality and data integrity: source data
  • Data collection and recording: data queries and resolution
  • Study monitoring: central, onsite, targeted and internal monitoring
  • Examples of documentation: transcription errors
Leader’s closing remarks and end of course
  • When you leave the conference, please do complete the evaluation form you have been sent. We really do want to know what you think! Also £1 will be contributed to the charity 'Gift of a Wedding' for every form that is completed.

Share in first-hand experience

Karl has been described as a “brilliant presenter, very engaging and informative”, “very engaging” and “down to earth”. Karl will share his top tips and first-hand experiences to ensure you are at the top of your game for leading and managing your clinical trials.

Job Title:
Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation (Education)
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Lead for the LTHT Research Academy, NIHR GCP Facilitator and Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Karl is a Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation (Education) at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). He works centrally within the Research and Innovation directorate to support clinical research delivery throughout the trust. He has extensive clinical, educational, research and leadership experience. Karl is currently responsible for education and training for all staff involved in Clinical Research delivery and is the lead for the LTHT Research Academy. He acts as a source of expert advice in regulatory, governance and feasibility issues within the units he supports and the wider trust. Within the trust and regionally he has successfully developed, delivered and evaluated the package of training that is offered via the LTHT Research Academy. He is also a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) accredited Good Clinical Practice (GCP) facilitator and delivers educational sessions on GCP, research governance, informed consent and investigator oversight to all grades of research delivery staff at a local and regional level. Until recently he worked nationally for the NIHR Coordinating Centre and was an expert committee member of a local Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committee. He currently serves on the national Clinical Research Nursing sub-committee for the Royal College of Nursing Research Society and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Pricing Structure

  • £249 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place before Friday 13th September
  • £399 + VAT (each) for two or more NHS or public sector places after Friday 13th September
  • Group Discount - 4 places for the price of 3

If you would like to make a group booking across more than one online course, you can. Email Sophie Richardson who will be able to assist you.

This course is available for in-house training 

If you have a group of 30 or more members of staff who require this training, then why not commission your own on-site course? Please email Sarah Kemm or call 01732 897788 for further details.

Commercial companies are also invited to sponsor this day. Please email Sarah Kemm for further details.

You can reserve a no-obligation place whilst you apply for funding

If your funding has not yet been secured or you would like to hold your place with no obligation whilst waiting for your study leave to be approved, you can reserve your place with us. Please email the reservations team at SBK Healthcare with your details:

  • Booking contact: name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Event(s) to reserve for: title and date
  • Delegate details (for each delegate): name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Organisation details: name and address

Alternatively you can make a confirmed booking by emailing the above information to the bookings team 

Once you have booked your place, SBK Healthcare will correspond with you using the email address you provided at the time of booking. Within one week of the online training taking place, you will be sent final details of the course including a full agenda, programme timings and your Zoom joining instructions. This email will include a joining link that can be used to access the course.

If you have not received your email two days before your event, do check your junk folder then contact SBK Healthcare on 01732 897788.

Practice sessions are available. If you would like to attend a zoom practice session before the event takes place, please let us know by emailing You will have the opportunity to meet an SBK Healthcare staff member who will ensure you are able to access zoom, that your camera and microphone work and you are fully set-up for the day. This is optional but if you do wish to attend, please use the same device that you plan to use on the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the course by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. The forum will include screen breaks, as well as topic themed interactive sessions which will take place in the breakout rooms.

Click here to view the specially created 5-minute video that will walk you through how to get the most out of attending your SBK Healthcare interactive online forum.

Certification of attendance

A certificate for Continuing Professional Development will be given to every fully registered participant who completes the course, as a record of your continuing professional training and development.

Registration fees

You will be sent an instant payment option or invoice on registration. Your payment is required in advance. If your fee has not been received prior to the event, and you are not able to provide a PO or proof of payment, you will be asked to make a credit or debit card payment on the day.

Modify registration

To let us know if your details are not correct when you have already registered, please email the bookings team.

Cancellations and substitutions

A full refund of fees will be made only for cancellations received within the first 48 hours of the booking being made. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by emailing the bookings team at SBK Healthcare. Should you need to cancel your registration after this date, the registration fee remains payable in its entirety although a substitution will be accepted and conference documentation will be provided. Substitution attendees for delegates unable to attend after registering are acceptable at any time.

Event changes

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers to alter the content, speakers or the timing of the programme. We will endeavour to keep you abreast of such changes but any unavoidable change to the format will not constitute a reason to refund the fee. Should the event be postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organiser, the event is cancelled, a full refund will be made. We do not accept any liability for any incurred costs resulting from a postponement or cancellation.

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Expected attendees

Don’t take our word for how much the attendees enjoy our training, look at the feedback from when we ran this online course in 2022:

  • Heads and Directors of Research
  • RM&G and Research and Development Managers
  • Trail Co-ordinators, Facilitators and Managers
  • Lead and Senior Research Nurses

Past attendee feedback

This event follows on from our previous Clinical Research Leadership and Management courses which took place in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Don’t take our word for how much past attendees have enjoyed the training, check out the feedback:

'Very engaging and relevant content. The timetable worked very well with bite-sized sessions interspersed with breaks'

The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust, July 2023

'Very interactive and great to hear from different perspectives of many different professionals'

Imperial NHS Trust, July 2023

'Karl was very engaging, it made the training far more enjoyable'

St George's Joint Research and Enterprise Services, July 2023

'Informative, interactive, engaging speaker'

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, July 2023

'Karl is knowledgeable, engaging and very practical in his ways of working and solutions to problems'

The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust, July 2023

‘It was extremely well organized and presented’.

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay, June 2022

‘Karl is an excellent presenter. He gave great examples from his own experience. A really enjoyable and informative day. Thank you’.

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay, June 2022

‘Just a huge thank you for a really useful day. It was great to spend time with people who understand the role of research delivery’.

Oxford Health NHS FT, June 2022

'The Speaker has a versatile knowledge on research, kept the course very interesting throughout the day. Very useful, enjoyed the topic on 'Clinical research strategy'-highlights why it is essential, such an eye opener. Helps identify strengths and areas for improvement'

The Imperial college Healthcare NHS Trust, February 2022

‘Delivered very well. I learnt a lot of stuff that i will be implementing in my work area. Thanks’

ESNEFT, February 2022

‘Great workshop well organized very informative and well presented’

National University of Ireland Galway, February 2022

'Brilliant experience, friendly setting where ideas are encouraged and welcomed'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

'I have really enjoyed my time spent in this forum. It has given me some food for thought and validated some others'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

'I think the course was brilliant, it was really well set up and moderated'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

'I wasn't sure what to expect but I have really enjoyed the content, the sharing and the potential to use this to develop my own knowledge and to help in developing the team I will be managing'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

'Really good, informative course with really good interactive sessions. Best leadership course I have attended yet'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

'Very good content and a lot to think about and develop within my team'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

'I am very happy to have been nominated for this event and have taken several ideas to develop once I start my new job and things to read and follow up ahead of that. Great day!'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

'The networking and collaborative dynamic has been great and really enjoyable. I've learnt a lot from others and Karl. Karl's experiences have been interesting to hear as they put the content into perspective and make them more relatable'

Clinical Research Leadership and Management, October 2021

View further comments on SBK Healthcare events on Trust Pilot.

An online forum like no other…

A live event that will feature leading presentations, interactive breakout rooms, and compelling Q&A discussions

As a sponsor you will have the opportunity to present your product or service, be a ‘face’ of the event and meet your audience face-to-face to discuss their experiences, interests and key concerns.

To find out more about sponsorship contact Sarah Kemm on 01732 897788 or you can email Sarah. Your organisation could be sponsoring this forum today!

Branding, marketing and education opportunities include...

  • Your organisation featuring on this forum website as ‘sponsored by’; including your logo, promotional text and links to your URL
  • 5 minutes presentation time during the main conference and taking part in the related speaker Q&A
  • Unique opportunity for the sponsored presenter to moderate one of the interactive breakout rooms
  • Additional company representatives can attend the online conference and meet the attendees during the interactive sessions in the breakout rooms
  • Your logo or company name will be included in all correspondence we send to registrations and all promotional emails sent out when marketing
  • Your support and sponsorship will be recognised when you are thanked at the opening and closing of the online forum as well as your logo featuring on the opening and closing slides
  • All sponsors will receive a copy of the registration and attendee list
  • Plus: a one-off option to add your question to the registration form, asking if attendees would like to share their email address with you so you can keep them informed after the online forum

Sponsor this forum and be part of a quality interactive event...

But don't take our word for it. We have had some excellent feedback from attendees to the forums that have been held to date:

"Forum was managed extremely well, and very professional"

IAPT National Networking Online Forum 2021 - 21st January 2021

“I am sure like everyone else I was apprehensive with going online, not sure how we could network, the ability for all participant's to participate and the quality of the presentations - all my fears were diminished this turned in to be a great day, networking, leading and sharing still occurred and links still formed. The presentations were excellent and the quality of the forum and set up great and so easy to follow and timing excellent.”

Reduce Paediatric Emergency Attendance Online Conference – 8th October 2020

“The conference has been far more engaging than in a conference centre. This I think is because of the ability to participate in chat throughout and the use of the breakout discussions.” “Excellent day! Organisation was great - loved the break out rooms for chat. Virtual chat added another really useful way to interact during the day, which isn't available to us at the physical conferences.”

Leading Change in Clinical Coding Online Conference - 11th September 2020

"Very informative, lots of opportunity for discussions and very well organised virtually"

Providing Support for Children on Long Term Ventilation - Tuesday 9th March 2021

"I enjoyed the group chats networking listening to others experiences, I also like that there was a lead on each group so the chats were influenced and no awkward silences that can occur on web meets. I thought the larger talks were really good and easy to listen to."

Modernising Outpatient Services Online Conference – 16th September 2020

“This is my first experience of an online conference and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wasn't sure what to expect. Would recommend to colleagues to attend future events” “This has to be the best online conference I have been to, I really enjoyed the breakout rooms.”

Advancing Ulcer Care Management Online Forum – 29th September 2020