Constitution and policies
UK DCTN Constitution
As a registered charity the UK DCTN operates according to a formal constitution (PDF copy here).
UK DCTN Author agreement
We have developed an author agreement that we ask all those developing studies with the UK DCTN to sign. This is to ensure that relevant guidelines and policies are adhered to throughout the study development process.
UK DCTN Publication Policy
The principles for studies conducted through the UK DCTN are contained in our updated publication policy here.
Sponsorship and Indemnity Policy
All UK DCTN trials have a designated sponsor and appropriate indemnity cover in place. The choice of sponsor for a particular piece of research depends on several factors and is decided at the time of development.
Role of Co-ordinating Centre
Activities supported centrally include:
- Administration and support
- Advice on trial development
- Advertising and fundraising for the network
- Maintenance of the website
- Liaising with recruiting centres
- Maintaining a database of members
- Data management
- Data analysis
- Data monitoring
- Preparing Ethics, Research and Development, and MHRA applications
- Submitting funding applications
Alignment with NIHR Infrastructure
The NIHR Clinical Research Network Dermatology Specialty Group has been established to support the delivery of dermatology studies within the NIHR portfolio. The UK DCTN recognises the importance of this group and aims to work alongside it as a Clinical Studies Group involved in the implementation of independent dermatology trials. Follow this link to find out more about the work of the Dermatology Specialty Group.
Role of Chief Investigator
The Chief Investigator for each trial will take overall responsibility for the design and conduct of the trial.
The Chief Investigator will be expected to fulfil all of the requirements of the chief investigators under the terms of research governance, although some tasks will be delegated to the co-ordinating centre and/or trial managers.
Working with Industry
The current remit of the UK DCTN is to answer questions that are important to the NHS through non-industry funded sources. As a result of this we do not undertake research studies for industry or offer them advice or support. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) have a dedicated industry team for supporting industry studies