CGX Training is a clinical trial specialist training provider offering courses to Clinical Trial Professionals (CTPs).
We service corporate, healthcare companies and individual trainees seeking to embark on a career in this industry, and those requiring Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
CGX delivers clinical research education to schools, colleges and further education colleges, to promote career opportunities in clinical trials as part of its commitment to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and broaden career options for young adults.
CGX also offers consultancy services to the clinical research industry to ensure the safety, quality and cost-efficiency of clinical trials. We deliver practical and interactive training courses using a variety of methodologies and tools.
Dr Lia Hunter, founder and Managing Director of CGX Training, tells the very personal story of how she learned about the value of well-conducted clinical trials.
In 2008 my father became ill, with significant weight loss, pain and a general feeling of being unwell. I took him to his GP and our family was confronted with the news which so many families dread; he had cancer. More specifically, prostate cancer.
By coincidence my sister and I were working for a pharmaceutical company as Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) on a prostate cancer trial for an innovative oral medicine. At the time, most prostate cancer treatments required injections of traditional chemotherapies.
One day I was talking to my father’s consultant about the drug treatment on my clinical trial. He said he’d heard good things about it and was keen for it to be made available as he felt several of his patients could benefit from it. He mentioned it was one of the most impactful discoveries in this specialised area for many decades.
It excited me to hear this, as I’d been involved with this study since its inception. For the first time I understood the value of my role in the delivery of a much-needed and ground-breaking medicine to the people who need it most. My father was chuffed too, as up until then he hadn’t had a clue what my work was all about!
Clinical trials are complex, involving multiple processes and specialists. For all the obvious reasons, they’re subject to strict governance. If the integrity of a trial is compromised in any way, no matter how good the treatment, the trial will fail and the treatment will not be made available. Training the professionals involved in clinical trials helps to ensure that trials are conducted correctly, safely and effectively, to maximise the potential for successful outcomes. Driven by this realisation, I founded CGX training, with the aim of addressing the growing need for more highly trained and skilled clinical trial professionals.
And my father? He survived a further six years from his diagnosis and maintained a good quality of life until his passing in 2014.
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Every day, clinical trial professionals must deal with issues around patient safety. They must manage the integrity of clinical data and ensure compliance with regulations and processes. It’s a highly complex environment, with little or no room for error. A Clinical Research Associate is the eyes and ears of the organisation. It’s their job to ensure the trial is conducted properly. They must ensure that regulations are followed, that patients are safe and that their rights and well-being are not in any way compromised. It’s also their job to ensure that the data output from their trial is credible.
Courses which teach the theory of clinical trials, but don’t address what happens on a day-to-day basis – when a vital clinical trial is underway and decisions come thick-and-fast – have the potential to leave the Clinical Research Professional exposed and vulnerable.
In a CGX course, theory and practical application go hand-in-hand. We show where the theory applies in the real-life setting.
We review the standards and regulations in the context of the role and the everyday responsibilities. In our view, this better prepares the trainee for the real-life scenario, beyond the classroom.