The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 led the NHS to suspend many routine clinical services and the NIHR to prepare to support the Government’s research response. Subsequently, the decisions taken in March 2020 by research sponsors, funders, investigators and study sites to pause some non-COVID research, and by the NIHR Clinical Research Network to pause set up of new sites or studies, other than nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies, led to a rapid and significant reduction in NIHR research activity.
Towards the end of April 2020, there were indications that the pressures on the UK health system were easing in respect of COVID-19 such that any paused and new NIHR research might gradually resume. Consequently, a group representing NIHR Coordinating Centres initiated the development, involving multiple stakeholders, of a framework for restarting paused NIHR research studies (those either funded or supported by NIHR in healthcare, social care and public health settings) and restarting the NIHR Clinical Research Network support to set up new sites and studies. Implementation of the framework will be through an NIHR Restart Programme.
The NIHR Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the NIHR Restart Programme will be Dr William van’t Hoff, CRN Chief Executive Officer. The SRO leads the planning and coordinated delivery of the Restart Programme through the NIHR Restart Implementation Group, reporting to DHSC.
Scope and Purpose of Group Business
The purpose of the NIHR Restart Advisory Group is to provide advice, support and guidance to the NIHR Restart Programme SRO on all aspects of the NIHR Restart Programme.
Members will be expected to (including, but not limited to):
- Proactively gather views and intelligence from their sectors on the progress of the Restart Programme
- Identify and raise specific issues/blockers with the Implementation Group
- Provide advice on issues as requested by the Implementation Group
- Provide advice on joint communications
- Facilitate a collaborative working relationship amongst stakeholders involved in Restart
Group Membership and Frequency Arrangements
The NIHR Restart Advisory Group will have an independent chair/ co-chairs appointed by DHSC.
Group membership will comprise representatives from key stakeholder organisations, patients and the public, Devolved Administrations, and DHSC.
Meetings will be for two hours every two weeks initially, via video-conference at the present time.
|Aisling Burnand||Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) (Co-Chair)|
|Sheuli Porkess||Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) (Co-Chair)|
|William van’t Hoff||NIHR CRN (NIHR Restart Programme SRO)|
|Ian Walker||Cancer Research UK (CRUK)|
|Naho Yamazaki||Health Research Authority (HRA)|
|Helen Bodmer||Medical Research Council (MRC)|
|Martin O’Kane||Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)|
|Matt Whitty||NHS England and NHS Improvement|
|Maria Palmer||NHS R&D Forum|
|Tina Coldham||Patient and Public representative|
|Ifeanyi (Ify) Sargeant||Patient and Public representative|
|Cheng-Hok Toh||Royal College of Physicians|
|Christiane Abouzeid||UK BioIndustry Association (BIA)|
|Julia Brown||UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) Network|
|Christine McGrath||UK Research & Development (UKRD)|
|David Wynick||University Hospital Association (UHA)|
|Rav Seeruthun||Roche UK|
|Clare Grace||Syneos Health ((as ACRO Representative (Association of Clinical Research Organizations))|
|Maurice O’Kane||Director of Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network|
|Alan McNair||Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office|
|Nicky Williams||Health and Care Research, Wales|
|Name||Role / Organisation|
|Emma Lowe||Research Policy Senior Manager – Industry Relations & Growth, SRED, DHSC|
|John SItzia||NIHR CRN Chief Operating Officer|
|Joanna Knee||NIHR CRN Research Delivery Director|
|Ben Patient||Head of Intellectual Property & Commercial & Director of Innovation Programmes & Intellectual Property, NIHR CCF|
|Stephanie Garfield-Birkbeck||Assistant Director, NIHR NETSCC|
|Peter Thompson||Director of Programmes and Impact, NIHR Academy|
Project Support and Secretariat
|Kaatje Lomme||Business Change Manager, NIHR CRN CC|
|Marietta Müller||Study Support Service Facilitator, NIHR CRN CC|
|Philip MIllne||Project Manager, NIHR CRN CC|