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What is ESP2?

Multi-centre trials provide key evidence underpinning healthcare practice. However, they invariably take a lot of hard work and expense to complete, with some of this work and expense being devoted to sites that under-recruit. Developing practical methods to identify sites that will recruit to target would be helpful.

ESP2 aims to evaluate a guided site performance prediction tool for trial managers. The tool was developed during the initial ESP study using practical experience from trial managers. Trial managers were asked to identify reasons why sites might fail to recruit to target in randomised and non-randomised interventional trials.


ESP identified eight possible 'red flags' to predict recruitment failure at a site:
• previous poor site performance
• slow approvals process
• strong staff/patient preferences
• the site recruitment target
• the trial protocol and its implementation at the site
• lack of staff engagement
• lack of research experience among site staff; busy site staff.

We have used these identified flags to develop a site performance prediction tool. We hope that using this tool will improve the accuracy of trial managers’ predictions about site recruitment performance, but this needs evaluation. It is this evaluation that ESP2 will conduct.

To evaluate the tool, we need trial managers to make 1000 site performance predictions (will the site recruit to target yes or no?). We invite trial managers working in anywhere in the world to register and start making predictions! If you’d like more information, scroll down.

ESP2 is a collaboration between University of Aberdeen, Trial Forge and the UK Trial Managers' Network.
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Can I take part and registration

You can take part in ESP2 if:

  1. You are responsible (e.g. as a Trial Manager, Trial Manager Assistant or Clinical Research Associate) for setting up trial recruitment sites and carrying out site initiation training with site staff.
  2. Your trial is currently opening new recruitment sites. You will be able to make predictions between October 2019 and until September 2021.
  3. Your trial is testing one or more interventions. Your trial can be randomised or non-randomised but cannot be cluster randomised.
  4. You and your trial recruitment sites can be anywhere in the world.
  5. You are willing to make at least one prediction. There is no limit to the number of predictions you can make


If you would like more information about ESP2, including information about taking part, please contact the study team using the contact us link below or email us on ESP2@abdn.ac.uk Or you can just register to take part using the link below.

ESP2 started in 2019 and is expected to run until 2022.

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If you are interested in taking part, or have any questions

Where are people already taking part?

Bristol Trials Centre, Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit

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  • Bristol Trials Centre, Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit

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Level 7 Queens Building
Bristol Royal Infirmary
Bristol
BS2 8HW
University of York

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Organisation:

  • University of York

Address:

York Trials Unit
ARCC Building
Yorkshire and the Humber
YO10 5DD
Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre (University of Liverpool)

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  • Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre (University of Liverpool)

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Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre, University of Liverpool, 2nd Floor, Institute in the Park, Alder He
Liverpool
L12 2AP
University of Birmingham

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  • University of Birmingham

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Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)
Public Health Building
West Midlands
B19 2EL
ICNARC

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  • ICNARC

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University of Oxford

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  • University of Oxford

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NDORMS, Kadoorie Centre
Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way
Oxfordshire
OX3 9DU
Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit, University of Edinburgh,

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  • Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit, University of Edinburgh,

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Surgical Research Office
Ground floor Lincoln Wing
St James' University Hospital
Beckett Street
LS9 7TF
University of Bristol

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  • University of Bristol

Address:

1-5 Whiteladies Road
BS8 1NU
ECTU

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  • ECTU

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Usher Institute
University of Edinburgh
NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter
9 Little France Road
EH16 4UX
HSRU

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  • HSRU

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Health Services Research Unit
University of Aberdeen
3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building
Foresterhill
AB25 2ZD
ECTU

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  • ECTU

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Edinburgh University

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  • Edinburgh University

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Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit
Usher Institut, 9 BioQuarter
9 Little France Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4UX
University of Oxford

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  • University of Oxford

Address:

Level 3 Kadoorie Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way
Oxfordshire
OX3 9DU
University of York

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  • University of York

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York Trials Unit
Department of Health Sciences
ARRC Building
University of York
YO10 5DD
NHS Blood and Transplant

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  • NHS Blood and Transplant

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University of Dundee

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  • University of Dundee

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Tayside Clinical Trials Unit (TCTU)
School of Medicine
DD2 1UA
University of Oxford

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  • University of Oxford

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Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory
Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics
University of Oxford
Roosevelt Drive, Headington
OX37BN
Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

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  • Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

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NCTU, Building 42
University Park
University of Nottingham
NG4 3EX
Queen Mary University of London

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  • Queen Mary University of London

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Brighton and Sussex CTU

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  • Brighton and Sussex CTU

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Room 204 Bevendean House
Village Way
Falmer
BN1 9PH
East London NHS Foundation Trust

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  • East London NHS Foundation Trust

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Nottingham Clinical Trial Unit

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  • Nottingham Clinical Trial Unit

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Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
Building 42
Room A17
The University of Nottingham
NG72RD
University of Aberdeen

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  • University of Aberdeen

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Imperial College London

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  • Imperial College London

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Department of Surgery & Cancer
Imperial College London
Hammersmith Campus
ICTEM Building, 1st Floor
W12 0NN
Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University

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  • Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University

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Centre for Trials Research
Cardiff University
7th Floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd
Heath Park
CF14 4YS
University of Aberdeen

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  • University of Aberdeen

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Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT), 3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building
University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill
AB25 2ZD

Study news

Number of Predictions

15/1000

Key facts about the study and documents

What is this study about?

Taking part in ESP2 would involve:

  1. Registering yourself and your trial(s) in a one-off simple registration on this website.
  2. Making a recruitment prediction on this website as soon as possible after completing site initiation training. The site does not need to be open for recruitment when the prediction is made, so long as the site initiation training has been done.

  3. You can make just one prediction, or many more, it’s up to you. We just ask that you enter all information needed for each prediction. Entering your prediction will take less than 10 minutes.
  4. The ESP2 team will be in contact 6 months later and then again 12 months later to see how recruitment actually went at each site for which you made a prediction..

For the full details about what is involved please have a look at the Participant Information Leaflet.

Key facts

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Funding acknowledgement
ESP2 is made possible by a collaboration between Trial Forge, the UK Trial Managers’ Network and not least all the Trial Managers who have or will make predictions. We are a bit of a grassroot phenomenon in that it has not been possible to secure project- specific funding but we will not let that stop us (and we do have a bit of funding).

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Participant Information

The University of Aberdeen is hosting this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. University of Aberdeen/NHS Grampian will keep identifiable information about you for at least 3 years after the study has finished.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

You can find out more about how we use your information https://www.abdn.ac.uk/privacy.