A core part of CTRad’s work is to support the development of radiotherapy research proposals.
Proposals guidance meetings
Since 2010, CTRad has been organising proposals guidance meetings to provide pre-submission peer input for UK radiotherapy studies in all stages of development. These interactive meetings intend on adding value to proposals in order to facilitate successful national funding, as well as serving as learning opportunities for those developing radiotherapy trials in the UK through open discussion. Investigators are asked to submit a proforma to CTRad ahead of the meeting, and where selected will be invited to present to an expert panel drawn from the CTRad membership and also an audience made up of CTRad members and invited guests to ensure breadth of input.
Call for proposals and dates for upcoming CTRad proposals guidance meetings are advertised on the Jobs and Opportunities page.
Please contact us if you have any queries.
Quality Assurance support
The national Radiotherapy Trials Quality Assurance Team (RTTQA) has funding allocated to design and implement quality assurance programmes for all NIHR CRN Clinical Research Portfolio trials that include a radiotherapy component.
The RTTQA team was set up to ensure that patients in all NCRI radiotherapy trials adhere to a trial protocol, and are treated according to nationally accepted standards. This is an integral part of radiotherapy clinical trials and serves to minimise variations ensuring clinical trial outcomes reflect differences in randomisation schedules rather than departures from the trial protocol. The team is closely linked with CTRad.
The RTTQA team has developed a guidance document outlining the difference between central and local RT QA, the role of the RTTQA Group in central RT QA and the funding model for local RT QA activity, you can download the document here.
If you intend to set up a trial including a radiotherapy component, please get in touch with the RTTQA team as early as possible so that the necessary advice can be provided to help you get it up and running.