JPC Consultancy

"The practical delivery of trials in the NHS requires a good working knowledge of the system and an understanding of the people involved"

I work with NHS Trusts and commercial organisations who want to better understand the system to achieve sustainable, pragmatic and lasting service improvement.

Hi, I'm Julie Cunningham

I have worked with a number of research delivery teams over the years to develop bespoke processes and facilitate training that changes practice for the better so that trials can open quickly, recruit to target and collect the data required. I focus on developing real world solutions, designed alongside the teams who are going to be using them, so that results are sustainable long term. This is achieved by education and coaching, quality Improvement initiatives, lean working, increasing productivity and Improving team dynamics. This requires me to work with both the clinical service and the research team to ensure change is delivered with consistency and takes into consideration all potential implications. Where appropriate I may also work to develop the leadership skills of staff and offer general skills based training around the delivery of clinical trials. Ultimately by optimising service provision within the organisation research activity increases and business potential is maximised.
I also offer advice and consultation to the life sciences industry around the practical deliverability of trials in the UK. The system can be difficult to understand and navigate, however my background with the National Institute for Health Research and the National Cancer Research Institute means I have a good working knowledge of this system and can provide education and training around how to make research happen within it.
I have worked in research delivery for the past 20 years, initially as a research nurse and latterly as a senior research manager. This background and experience gives me clinical credibility with my NHS colleagues and the pharmaceutical companies I work with. I am well respected both regionally and nationally and have built an excellent personal reputation for service improvement, hard work and reliability, I am also respected for my clarity of communication and diplomacy.

"The delivery of high quality clinical trials is part of core business across the NHS, public health and social care organisations. As well as providing opportunities for patients to receive new and better treatments, institutions that are high enrollers to clinical trials have better outcomes, reduced morbidity and mortality."

NIHR Accredited Training Courses delivered by JPC Consultancy

Introduction to Valid Informed Consent in Clinical Research (half day)

Cancer Research UK accredited training courses delivered by JPC Consultancy:
Talking about Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs)
Discussing RCTs of Adjuvant Therapy
Discussing RCTs with poor prognosis patients
Discussing RCTs with patients with a treatment preference
Explaining screening / chemoprevention trials
Explaining complex multi-arm trials
Explaining paediatric / adolescent trials
Communicating about phase 1 and 2 trials
Talking with patients about metastatic bone disease

Bespoke training packages can be designed to meet your teams specific training requirements. Prices range from £400 - £800 a day dependent on the course required.

Qualifications and Professional Registration

Bournemouth University (1991-1994) - BSc (Hons) Clinical Nursing 2:1
Plymouth University (2013-2014) – Level 6 Enhancing Clinical Practice Module (40 credits) (A)
NIHR Consent Facilitator
NIHR Communication in Randomised Clinical Trials Facilitator
Professional registration - UKCC membership - PIN: 91Y1374E (Exp: 09/19)

Employment and Experience

December 2015 – March 2019

NIHR Cancer Research Manager for CRN South West Peninsula and National Supportive & Palliative Care / Psychosocial Oncology & Survivorship Lead for the NCRI As Cancer Research Manager for the South West Peninsula I worked with 7 Acute Trusts and 10 research delivery teams to ensure that regionally we delivered a broad range of cancer research trials to our patients. Through a consistent, organised and professional approach to management our region rose from 12th out of the 15 Clinical Research Networks to 7th within 4 years. I worked with both commercial and non-commercial Sponsors of research from expression of interest stage, though study set up, delivery and close out. It was my responsibility to ensure our delivery was timely and we met all government metrics. I organised large and small scale events regularly, such as the Annual Cancer Symposium, Annual Cancer Forum, Haematology Study Day, Colorectal Cancer Study Day, Lung Forum, Supportive & Palliative Care Forum which all helped develop excellent communities of practice regionally, thus contributing to our success.

November 2010 – November 2015

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly / Peninsula Comprehensive Local Research Network Community Research Sister/Team Leader (Band 7) I was responsible for the strategic management of Primary Care Research in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. When I started there were only 6 research active GP practices in the county, however over the course of the next 5 years I worked with 30 research naive GP practices to build competence, capability and confidence in the delivery of NIHR funded research. Several GP practices were ultimately able to take part in commercial trials with the support of this service.

January 2003 - July 2006

Royal Surrey County Hospital & Frimley Park Hospital National Cancer Research Network- Clinical Research Nurse Specialist – (Grade G) I set up the cancer research service at Frimley Park Hospital working with both surgeons and oncologist to build a successful team that delivered both observational and interventional NIHR cancer research trials

October 1999 - December 2002

SMS / Kendle / INC Research (Contract Research Organization) Clinical Research Nurse Specialist Research Nurse working for CRO on a number of clinical trials within the pharmaceutical industry. Management of clinical trials for and on behalf of both NHS and life sciences industry. Management of all phases of clinical trials Phase I - IV in a variety of settings, including first test on man studies for GSK, immunisation studies for Wyeth, Cardiovascular research, MS research and organ transplant research for the MRC

Please see my linked in profile for further information on all my nursing and research experience:
Linkedin - Julie Cunningham


Joy Wylie
Senior Research Delivery Manager, Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula

Dr Duncan Wheatley
Director of Research and Clinical Research Lead for Cancer (CRN SWP). Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Desmond Creagh
Clinical Research Specialty Lead for Haematology, Haematologist and Haemophilia Director.

Dr Hayes Dalal
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

Contact Me

I am based at The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3FF

Julie Cunningham

M: 07834 239791
P: 01872 330030