Fri 22 Mar 2024 09:10-15:00
Online Workshop

*** Black Friday Deal *** Book your full price NHS or Public Sector place before Friday 8th December and get one third off! 

This educational workshop will tackle particular contract problems and advance understanding using case study-based course material. By reinforcing what the contract says, and delving into the detail of what that means, this interactive forum will deliver a practical understanding of the different types of contract.

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Structuring and Reviewing Contracts for Clinical Research
Online 5 hours From £249 + VAT

5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

This unique day was previously described as ‘Really helpful and enjoyable training. Pitched just right. I learnt a great deal, despite having worked in research contracts for several years and feel more confident about negotiating about the areas covered.’ Your step by step guide:

  • Examine the nuances of clinical research contracts and overview NHS indemnity
  • Explore the suite of model contracts: what they cover and when to use them
  • Share examples of common areas of negotiation and modifications, and avoiding classic pitfalls
  • Gain a guide to Material Transfer Agreements
  • Identify how to avoid disputes and safeguard your interests

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

Featuring highly relevant content and specific examples, this hands-on training session will provide practical information with appropriate depth to enable you to go back to your workplace feeling more confident in reviewing contracts and being aware of what are acceptable and unacceptable changes. By taking the day out you will have a unique opportunity to:

  • Meet each other – turning on your videos and microphones in the breakout rooms
  • Listen and watch presentations and speakers’ Q&A – in the main conference room with a chair
  • Take part in facilitated interactive sessions – enabled by moderators in the breakout rooms
  • Feedback and engage – using the chat box and moderators sharing content in the main conference room

This course is available for in-house training

Available as a bespoke workshop to teams of 40+ 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 chair's opening remarks
David Powell, Research Contracts Adviser, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Joined by Andrew Johnston, Legal Director – Commercial Health, DAC Beachcroft LLP
Clinical research contracts: understanding the nuances
  • Why are contracts needed?
  • Contract basics
  • Which contracts need to be reviewed
  • Overview of the UK model agreements
  • Legalese – an introduction to legal terms
  • Overview of NHS indemnity
Question, answer and discussion session
Screen break
Making modifications to the standard model contracts for clinical research
  • Exploring the suite of model contracts: what they cover and when to use them
  • Sharing examples of common areas of negotiation and modifications, and avoiding classic pitfalls
  • Gaining legal insight into acceptable changes: ensuring you are covered
  • Inclusion of foreign law provisions when working with international companies
Question, answer and discussion session
Lunch break
Contracting outside of the clinical research model agreement remit
  • Understanding the range of clinical studies and their different contracting needs
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • A guide to Material Transfer Agreements: when might the protocol be enough?
  • Best practice sub-contracting outside the NHS and between NHS organisations
Question, answer and discussion session
Screen break
Common areas of dispute and practical examples of clinical research contracts
  • Avoiding disputes: essential insight to safeguard your interests
  • Practical guidance and experienced reassurance: quick legal insight into areas of concern
  • Examples and case studies of common hurdles and trip points for NHS Trusts
Question, answer and discussion session
Closing remarks and chance to say goodbye
Close of day

Share in first-hand experience

Job Title:
Research Contracts Adviser
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

David began his career in clinical laboratories where he developed an interest in blood coagulation and thrombotic disorders. While working for a private laboratory in London he gained an MSc in Haematology and Molecular Biology and specialised in flow cytometry. He then moved to South Carolina where he worked on therapeutic human monoclonal antibody development. 

Back in the UK David worked as Commercial Research Manager in Cardiff where he was responsible for commercial trial setup, contracting and costing before moving to a similar position in Southampton. He has extensive knowledge of clinical research contracts gained through his involvement in the development of the model commercial and non-commercial clinical research agreements and extensive experience of contract negotiation in his present position of Research Contracts Manager for Health and Care Research Wales.

Job Title:
Legal Director – Commercial Health
DAC Beachcroft LLP

Andrew advises clients in the health, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors on their contractual issues. He is a Legal Director at DAC Beachcroft LLP solicitors with more than 15 years’ experience in commercial law and a specialism in clinical research contracts. 

Andrew regularly advises clients on their clinical trial and investigation agreements, both commercial and non-commercial. Andrew has advised a number of NHS clients on their Biomedical Research Centre funding contracts and the associated partnership/sub-contracting arrangements. He has also advised on various research collaborations, including the contractual framework to establish and operate a joint clinical trials unit. 

Andrew has provided advice to the Health Research Authority (and, prior to that, the National Institute for Health Research) on a number of the model clinical research contracts, including the model Industry Collaborative Research Agreement, the Primary Care model Clinical Trial Agreement, the model Commercial Clinical Trial Agreement and the model Non-Commercial Clinical Trial Agreement.

Pricing structure

  • *** Black Friday Deal *** £266 + VAT until Friday 8th December
  • £399 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place after Friday 8th December
  • £249 + VAT (each) for groups of 20 or more NHS or public sector places

If you would like to make a group booking across the online courses, you can. You or your colleagues can claim the £299+VAT and £249+VAT NHS discounts, for booking two or more places across this and any other subsequent event, providing the same pricing structure applies. Click here to view the full list of up and coming events.

This course is available for in-house training 

If you have a group of 40 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 conference 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 conference.

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 and you will be sent an invitation to join one of our delegate practice sessions. These are optional but great if you are unsure of whether your camera and microphone will work on Zoom. We hold several one hour practice sessions across the week when a member of SBK Healthcare staff will be waiting in Zoom to assist you. Please do pop in, say hello and make sure you are all set for the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the conference by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. In groups of between 6-10 people, you will be admitted into the main conference room to be greeted by a member of SBK staff. In the same group you will be taken into a breakout room and asked to turn on your video and microphone. A member of the SBK team will get your group started with some orientation tasks and ‘ice breaker’ topics, before leaving you to network.

When you are automatically brought back into the conference room for the start of the conference, you will be asked to turn off your camera and microphone so that the chair can start the forum. During each presentation you will be able to ask questions in the chat box function. 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 a 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

If you have attended a past Clinical Contracts course, are looking to brush up your understanding or have particular problem contracts in front of you, this case study driven course will progress your understanding with the practicalities of fitting into different types of contract explained using detailed examples of dealing with the nuances. Come together and network with:

  • R&D, Contracts and Finance Officers
  • Research Nurses
  • Clinical Trial Support Co-ordinators
  • Industry, Business and Legal Service Administrators

Past attendee feedback

This interactive online workshop was described as “a well run workshop which has clearly been carefully cultivated to provide a good mixture of knowledge and first hand experiences within contracting. Excellent content particularly within contracting outside of the model agreements”.

"A well run workshop which has clearly been carefully cultivated to provide a good mixture of knowledge and first hand experiences within contracting. Excellent content particularly within contracting outside of the model agreements"

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Structuring and Reviewing Contracts for Clinical Research, 2020

"It was great to learn about the depths of contracts"

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Structuring and Reviewing Contracts for Clinical Research 2020

"I have found it really informative especially in respect to understanding some of the legal terms and what they are holding the parties to account to. I have also found it really useful to see the variations that can be put in place"

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Structuring and Reviewing Contracts for Clinical Research, 2020

"Very good learning day, full of information and useful details"

Milton Keynes University Hospital, Clinical Research Contracts in Practice, 2019

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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

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