Rich began working in research in 2010 as a Data Entry Clerk for the Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team (NCCTT). His main task was to collect, interpret and input complex data into case report forms, and liaise with the nurses to resolve data queries and work with CRAs to facilitate monitoring visits. He would assist in the collection, processing and shipping of clinical samples. After an internal promotion, he worked as a Research Practitioner where the duties included setting up and running a small observational questionnaire study, managing a surgical sample and data collection study as well as assisting the nursing team with a multitude of complex chemotherapy and surgical trials. He worked clinically in the unit's treatment room where he would see patients, take blood and vital signs and offer help and support to the patients and their families. For the trials he ran, it was his responsibility to identify, screen, consent and enroll the patients.
In 2015, Rich joined the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU) and worked as a Clinical Trial Administrator, and then shortly after as a Clinical Trial Coordinator. The main role as a Clinical Trial Coordinator was to support the Trial Manager in the day-to-day management of the trial and to ensure we deliver high quality and high impact research. His duties included working with the Trial Manager to develop study related documents such as the Protocol, Participant Information Sheets, Informed Consent Form, and GP letters. He worked on many different types of trials including CTIMPs, interventional, device, and observational studies, and worked on trials through every stage, from initial set-up through to study closeout and publication and dissemination. In 2020, he was given the opportunity to work on a small international study looking at the feasibility of implementing an early warning score system for preterm and low-birth weight infants in neonatal units in Kenya. As part of this work he created and developed the data collection instruments and electronic case report forms within our REDCap database. It was this work that encouraged him to apply for his current role, Clinical Data Coordinator. This role involves helping to design, create and maintain complex eCRF databases and provide ongoing Data Management expertise to the rest of the trial team, and to sites.