The first three in a series of pivotal tools for CTNs have been released by ACTA’s Efficient and Effective Clinical Trial Networks Reference Group.
During the last year, this Reference Group has consulted the sector to prioritise common tools and resources to guide both established and newly establishing CTNs in developing and maintaining effective operational processes. The resources have been developed by drawing the existing processes of various established CTNs to develop a good practice draft, which then undergoes review by Reference Group members, many of whom are CTN representatives. Where appropriate, resources contain links to exemplar documents.
The first three of these resources encompass CTN Membership structures, CTN Governance structures and CTN Strategic Plan development. Many newly establishing CTNs have already provided feedback that the tools have been extremely valuable, and they are also a useful read for existing CTNs who may want to refine some of their established procedures.
The next resources in the series, to be released at the end of February, include common duties of CTN Executive Officers and a suggested position description, and a suggested template Terms of Reference for governance committees. Following that, groups of approximately three tools will be released every three months over the next year to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of CTN operational processes.
ACTA would also like to thank all CTNs who participated in the sector consultation activities, and all Reference Group members who helped in their development.