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BRC Opens Minor Procedures Suite at WTCRF

Thanks to generous funding from the NorthWest Development Agency, the Biomedical Research Centre has recently established a Minor Procedures Suite (MPS) at the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF).

Renovo Ltd is working with the WTCRF and will utilise the MPS for their Phase III trials using Juvista, an investigational treatment for scar prevention, having previously been involved in Phase II clinical studies for this product. MIMIT's new Clinical Director, Professor Gus McGrouther recently visited the MPS and was very enthusiastic about the potential for the Facility and hoping to pull in more research projects specifically in the area of wound-healing.

The MPS is managed by the WTCRF through the Lead Nurse, Gail Holmes, and the WTCRF will be responsible for day to day running of the suite including providing participant care as well as cleaning, infection control and the provision and maintenance of equipment. The MPS is supported by an R&I Division-funded Surgical Research Nurse, Jiss Thomas, who is a member of the WTCRF clinical team but also specialized in the work of the MPS Facility. Jiss is supported directly by Ciaran Kilkelly, Senior Clinical Research Nurse.

In addition there is a team of 16 research nurses, managed by Clinical Team Manager Nikki Harwood that is also available to support use of the MPS. Nikki will identify the appropriate nurse or nurses for the study and these will be provided with training if/as required. However, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure that all members of staff undertaking procedures in the MPS are fully trained in the procedures delegated to them on the study. WTCRF procedures will apply regarding study approval and study management and it will be the responsibility of the Surgical Research Nurse to ensure all relevant SOPs are followed to ensure the safe and efficient running of studies.

Applications to undertake research studies in the MPS can be made through Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) to the WTCRF. Applications will be peer-reviewed and assessed as to their scientific merit and priority by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which meets every two months and is chaired by Prof. Ian Bruce. Ethics review and governance can be ongoing in parallel whilst the SAB considers the proposal. In this way, it is anticipated that delays to starting and running studies will be avoided. All applications, whether successful or not, will be provided with feedback and/or actions and if unsuccessful may be re-submitted.

Visits to the WTCRF to see the facilities and discuss your studies can be arranged through Wendy England (wendy.england@wtcrf.nhs.uk) and Janet Nelson (janet.nelson@wtcrf.nhs.uk).