The data management service provides consultancy advice and support to new and ongoing research projects in the areas of:

  •  Data management planning
  •  Database development (demo application PDF 1.0Mb)
  •  Statistical data management
  •  Software development
  •  Costing for grant applications

The database development and data management team provides expertise in the design and development of eCRFs (electronic case report forms) for many different types of research projects.

This support helps to ensure compliance with the requirements of the study protocol, sponsor quality standards, ethics, and regulatory bodies. A rigid validation process, compliant with good clinical practice and UK clinical trials regulations, is followed to set up and test databases that are tailored to the data capture needs of an individual project.

The main tool used for meeting the requirements of multisite research projects is the MedSciNet clinical trial framework. The framework facilitates the creation of bespoke eCRFs that enable participating centres to enter their data securely online, and offers different access rights (e.g. data entry or monitoring) and query facilities for trial managers.

The framework is customisable and enables eCRFs to be developed that meet the exact requirements of the project, is easy to use and ensures secured online data entry. Data output is provided in standard format for processing in Excel or in Access if needed and for statistical analysis in, for example, Stata, SAS, SPSS.

Data management services go beyond the eCRF creation process and include data planning (how data will be handled throughout the study duration, data lock processes and storage of data for future use), paper case report forms and the management of complex data management solutions for different types of research projects. The services provided range from advice on data management strategies to implementing complete data management solutions.

The database development and data management team works in close collaboration with trial statisticians, trial managers and principal investigators to ensure eCRFs, data management plans and other specialist data management strategies provide accurate and complete data that can be analysed confidently.

Our database packages include:

  • Bronze: Up to 15 unique CRF pages
  • Silver: Up to 30 unique CRF pages
  • Gold: Up to 50 unique CRF pages.

Appropriate costs for database development and data management services will need to be included in your grant application.

Please contact at least four weeks before the deadline of your grant application for costing information.