Trial Coordinator

London (Greater) (GB)
£32,676 - £37,297, including London Weighting Allowance
Apr 09, 2021
End of advertisement period
Apr 21, 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description 

The Cancer Research UK & King's College London Cancer Prevention Trials Unit (CPTU) specialises in research to advance cancer prevention, early diagnosis and screening.
We perform research on efficacy, cost-effectiveness and technologies to improve existing and establish new screening programmes.
Our portfolio of both secondary (hospital) and primary (community) care trials includes:

  • Multi-centre international randomised controlled trials of medicinal prevention of cancer often using drug re-purposing
  • Pragmatic trials of screening and diagnostic interventions
  • Trials of behavioural interventions in cancer prevention and screening
  • Trials of diagnostic/screening devices

About the role:
We are looking for two individuals with experience in clinical trials coordination to join the CPTU team in a Trial Coordinator role to contribute to the management of an exciting cervical screening project in primary care.
Cervical screening coverage in England has been falling and is currently at a 20-year low.  Furthermore, London consistently has the lowest cervical screening coverage nationally.  A new exciting research project has recently started to test the feasibility of offering women self-sampling HPV tests across London with the lowest screening coverage.
The post holders will join the already established team for the active recruitment and follow up phase of the study; to provide ongoing operational management of this exciting cervical screening project.
The postholders will be based in the CPTU team, working with the project lead and Trial Manager to deliver all aspects of day-to-day coordination including trials administration, research site support, governance, trial logistics, data management and monitoring. 
The postholders will work together to act as a key point of contact for day-to-day queries from participating sites, the central laboratories and the CPTU and will be responsible for answering queries and resolving any technical or administrative barriers to participant recruitment. The postholders will also be responsible for carrying out central monitoring activities and site closure activities at the end of the study.
This is an exciting opportunity to gain Trial Coordination experience working on an implementation clinical trial in Primary Care embedded in a cancer screening programme.
Full-time 35 hours per week.
Fixed-term until July 2022.

Key responsibilities


  • Ensure the smooth running of all 100+ GP Practice sites including being a named contact person for the clinical and administrative staff to problem-solve relevant issues that arise.
  • Ensure the study runs according to the principles of ICH GCP, UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research standards, sponsor guidelines and CPTU Standard Operating Procedures
  • Escalating any issues as required in a timely manner (includes carrying out periodic site visits).
  • Contribute to the collection, processing, and secure storage of the study documentation.
  • Data collection - ensure all data required for the study is collected and is of a high quality as stipulated in the study protocol.
  • Manage monthly central monitoring of study data
  • Look for trends in recruitment or data with excellent attention to detail.
  • Work with the trial statistician and other relevant staff to ensure efficient ongoing data management practices.
  • Drafting and preparation of reports and presentations where appropriate.
  • Work with the central laboratory staff to ensure good oversight of biological samples collected and analysed for the study
  • Plan and organise day-to-day work activity within the necessary time frames.
  • Contribute to concise, informative, and professional projects reports to effectively communicate project progress.
  • Plan and organise mailshots, newsletters and collaborator or investigator meetings. Maintain trial websites.
  • Help organise and attend periodic meetings with relevant teams to ensure all staff are kept informed of progress of the study and any issues arising.
  • Minute relevant meetings and ensure key action points are completed within agreed timeframes.
  • Help organise and attend periodic meetings with relevant teams to ensure all staff are kept informed of progress of the study and any issues arising.
  • Deputising in the absence of the Clinical Project Manager/Senior trial Coordinator
  • Contribute to the CPTU Quality Management System.
  • Form excellent working relationships with colleagues both internal and external.
  • Undertake presentations as required.
  • To undertake such administrative, managerial and other duties as are reasonably to be expected of a member of staff of this level of seniority, as agreed with line manager
  • Show consideration to others and maintain good working relations with other departments.
  • Travel across London, as required, liaising with key stakeholders, laboratories, and research sites (pending COVID restrictions)

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential Criteria


  • An undergraduate degree in any life science or a professional qualification as equivalent  
  • A familiarity with current regulations governing the conduct of clinical research including Good Clinical Practice, the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research, and the Declaration of Helsinki and any other applicable regulations. 
  • Solid knowledge of MS Office, particularly Word, Excel and Outlook.  
  • Experience across multiple areas of trial operations including administration, data management, REC and HRA applications and monitoring/closeout 
  • Experience in liasing with and supporting participating clinical research sites.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills enabling effective communication with a range of clinical, academic and non-academic staff through various media.  
  • Experience of managing varied workloads and evidence of ability to prioritise own workload with minimal supervision. 
  • Previous experience in overseeing the quality of data collected in research or an understanding of the key standards required for data collection in research 

Desirable criteria


  • Conducting clinical research in a primary care setting or screening projects  
  • Experience of working on projects with biospecimen collections and the familiarity with the supporting processes and legislation   
  • Experience of all stages of a research project from start up to closeout 

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