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Paediatric Research Across the Midlands


PRAM is a collaborative and it is recognised that the success of any research project is dependent on the effort of many individuals working together as a team. Our research is published under the collective name of PRAM to emphasise the importance of teamwork to our organisation. However, it is also important to recognise the contribution of individual members without which the projects could not even begin. The various levels of contribution are summarised on this page.


Regional Project Lead(s)

This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the design and inception of the study. The role will usually involve:


• Devising the Research and Development proposal and trial protocol

• Liaising with the Research and Development department

• Applying for research grants if required

• Seeking ethics committee approval for the project where necessary

• Managing and co-ordinating the conduct of the study across the region

• Collating and analysing the study data

• Presenting the data at a regional or national level

• Submitting any resulting articles for publication

Local Trust Project Lead(s)

This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the management of the regional project at a local trust level. The role will usually (but not exclusively) involve:


• Liaising with the local Research and Development department

• Liaising with the local Clinical Governance department

• Co-ordinating with the Regional Project Lead(s) to refine research protocols and data collection forms

• Advertising projects at the local trust level

• Co-ordinating and managing the team of PRaM trainees for patient recruitment and data collection

• Presenting the data and results at a local level

Local Trust Project Investigator

This is defined as a PRAM individual who is not involved in long-term local project management (as outlined above), but is significantly involved in the study, above and beyond data collection. This role will usually involve:


• Leading a team of Local Trust Project Contributors for individual days of a project

• Making an extensive contribution to patient consent, recruitment and/or data collection

Local Trust Project Contributor

This is defined as any individual who is involved with patient recruitment and/or data collection, whether a member of PRAM or not.


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Supervising Consultant

This is defined as the individual who advises the Regional Project Lead in conduct of the project, including the conduct of the tasks listed above.