Wed 25 Sep 2024 09:10-15:00
Online Course

This educational, online forum 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, September 2024
Online 5 hours Early bird: £249+VAT

5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

This unique day was previously described as "really helpful and enjoyable training." 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

Invitation to sponsor

SBK Healthcare National Events are designed to enable clinical research providers to support healthcare professionals. If you would like to sponsor this forum, please email Sarah Kemm or call Sarah on 01732 897788 to find out about all the engagement and branding opportunities available in the full sponsorship package.

Join, technical support and instructions
Chair’s opening remarks
David Powell, Research Contracts Adviser, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
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
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
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 20 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

  • £249 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place when booked by Friday 26th July 2024
  • £399 + VAT (each) for one NHS or public sector place when booked after Friday 26th July 2024
  • Group discount - 4 places for the price of 3

You or a colleague can claim the group NHS discount, for booking four places across this and any other subsequent event, providing the same pricing structure applies. Click here to view the full list of up coming events.

For group bookings of five or more people, please email our delegate support team or call 01732 897788 for further details:

This course is available for in-house training 

Available as a bespoke course to teams of 30+ people. Please do contact us if you would like this training 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.

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.

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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 course was described as 'a well run workshop with excellent content', 'useful' and 'informative'. Here are just a few comments that we have received for this training:

"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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Why sponsor a Clinical Research Forum

Our role at SBK Healthcare is to bring industry together with healthcare professionals so that you can educate and inform your audience. These trail-blazing clinical research forums offer dedicated presentations, Q&A, networking and discussion time. Each sponsor will be fully immersed into the event and able to effectively engage with your NHS audience.

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Reach out today

If you would like more information on our sponsorship options an in-house forum or if you wish to discuss your needs and what solutions may be appropriate for your business, please contact:

Sarah Kemm

Contact: 01732 897788