Trials Conduct Working Group Webinars

Between 2014-2019 the Trials Conduct Working Group hosted regular webinar talks on topics relevant to their research.

You can access recordings of previous webinars through the links below.

The HRB-TMRN also hold webinar presentations, view previous the HRB-TMRN Webinars here. 

HTMR TC WG Webinar recordings 2019


December 2019, Anna Kearney, University of Liverpool

The communication of retention and withdrawal within Patient Information Leaflets


November 2019, Sandra Galvin & Elaine Finucane, HRB-TMRN 

The People’s Trial: Powered by the Public 


26 March 

Clare Clement, University of Bristol

Optimising trial recruitment through enhanced clinician engagement: How surgical trainees can work together to achieve success.


Trials rarely recruit well or complete on time and one contributory factor is clinician engagement. This situation is often worse in surgical trials, where treatment preference is strong and research-active senior surgeons are rare. Trainee Research Collaboratives (TRCs) have recently been set up in the UK and have successfully conducted large, multi-centre surgical trials.

We conducted a study to understand the key elements of success within the TRCs and their trials and developed strategies for enhancing trainee engagement in research. This webinar will discuss the motivations of trainees to engage in research, the challenges they face and how these have been overcome. It will outline five key strategies to enhance engagement and contribute to trials being delivered on time and target. 


7 February 

Ashma Krishan, University of Liverpool

Review of reporting of time-to-event analyses and the proportional hazards assumption in meta-analysis


The most commonly used approaches for the analysis of time-to-event (TTE) outcomes impose an assumption of proportional hazards (PH). Methods are available for assessing the validity of the PH assumption, however, the assumption is not always checked or reported for validity. The webinar will focus on the results from a recent review of systematic reviews which was conducted to understand the methodology used for analysing TTE outcomes and how often the PH assumption is assessed.



29 January, Sharon Love and Vicki Yorke-Edwards, UCL

How are phase III trials in the UK monitored?  The story from the registered CTUs                                                    


In 2013 the FDA and EME suggested risk-based monitoring was acceptable and ICH concurred in 2016. There have been a handful of studies showing that risk-based monitoring is acceptable, that triggers are useful and that maybe on-site SDV is not necessary. However there has been little guidance on how we should carry out central monitoring or on-site monitoring. We will give the results of a survey which aimed to find out how UKCRC registered CTU in the UK carry out monitoring for phase III CTIMPs.



HTMR TC WG Webinar Recordings 2018


28 November 2018 'Making more of your study by using SWATs' Lucy Culliford, Research fellow, Bristol University                            

This webinar will discuss the embedding of SWATS to answer methodological questions in a large cohort study, and then focus on one completed SWAT on the formatting and appearance of PILs.


31 October 2018 'Challenges of conducting a pre-hospital emergency care trial: Experiences from the PARAMEDIC2 trial' Charlotte Scomparin Warwick CTU, University of Warwick

The talk will focus on challenges encountered in the management of the PARAMEDIC2 trial (a pre-hospital randomised controlled trial of adrenaline versus placebo in the treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest). Topics will include using a waiver of consent, public communication about the trial, randomisation, training and data collection.


27 September 2018 'Mapping Recruitment Research Literature: What’s next?' Anna Kearney, University of Liverpool

Following the review of 56,000 papers, an online database of articles exploring recruitment to Clinical Trials has been developed. This webinar presents an exercise mapping the eligible literature against 42 recruitment themes to understand what research has been undertaken and what is yet to be explored.  www.orrca.org.uk


18 June 2018 'Ethical Issues in Emergency Cardiovascular Trials' Alexander Perkins, Trial Manager, LSHTM

This webinar examines the ethical issues raised when conducting research in an emergency context. Using two emergency cardiovascular trials (ERIC-PPCI and ARREST) as case studies, the talk explores the potential consenting methods and trial designs available to facilitate emergency research.


29 May 2018 'Audio-recording recruitment consultations – an exploratory study in two RCTs to investigate the impact on randomisation rates' Professor Chris Rogers, University of Bristol.


25 April 2018 'Changing platforms without stopping the train: A Data Management Perspective on the operational aspects of adaptive platform trials' Lindsay Masters, Data Scientist, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL

The talk provides an overview of running adaptive platform trials from a data management perspective, including experiences of running the STAMPEDE and FOCUS4 trials.


13 April 2018 'This is a platform alteration: A Trial Management Perspective on the operational aspects of adaptive and platform protocols' Dr Francesca Schiavone, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL.

The talk provides an overview on running adaptive platform trials from a trial management perspective. Francesca shares her experience in running the STAMPEDE and FOCUS4 trials, with an emphasis on the operational complexities of adding a new research comparison to an ongoing platform.


2 March 2018 'Achieving clinician buy in for challenging trials: lessons from the paediatric critical care setting' Dr Kerry Woolfall, University of Liverpool.

26 January 2018 'Recruitment in HIV trials: challenges and lessons' Dr Lucy Campbell, Kings College London.


Recordings 2017

17 October 2017 'Triggered or routine site monitoring visits for randomised controlled trials? Results of TEMPER, a prospective, matched-pair study' Dr William Cragg, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL

19 May 2017 'Why we should do recruitment and retention projections, and how to use them' Professor Shaun Treweek, Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

31 March 2017 'Methods to manage the randomisation and treatment of patients 24/7 in a large multi-centre RCT'. Dr Rachel Brierley, Senior Research Associate in Clinical Trials Management, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol

27 February 2017 'Recruiting 15,000 trial participants by mail' Dr Louise Bowman, Associate Professor, CTSU, University of Oxford

27 January 2017 'What are TwiCs and how are they being used?' Dr Clare Relton, Senior Research Fellow, School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield 

Recordings 2016

12 December 2016 ‘The ORRCA Database: Helping you access relevant recruitment research for clinical trials’ Anna Kearney, Researcher within the North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research, University of Liverpool

11 May 2016 'You have to keep your nerve on a DMC: Challenges for data monitoring committees in a neonatal intensive care trials' Dr Claire Snowdon, Lecturer at the Department of Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

11 February 2016 ‘Clinical trials safety and regulation: application of risk-based methodological approaches’. Christina Reith, Clinical Research Fellow, CTSU, University of Oxford

Older webinars



Webinar- about the Network

The HRB:Trials Methodology Research Network (Ireland) hosted a webinar by Professor Paula Williamson, Chair of the HTMR Network, on 14 December 2015. Find out more.

External webinars- HRB-TMRN

Our colleagues at the HRB-TMRN (Trials Methodology Research Network, Ireland) also host regular webinars. Full listings of upcoming webinars, and recordings of previous, can be found on their site.

Find out more about the Working Groups and their interests.