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Can I become a HRA-registered reviewer

Last updated on 11 Oct 2018

We are continuing to recruit a panel of HRA Radiation Assurance reviewers made up of lead Clinical Radiation Experts (CREs) and Medical Physics Expert (MPEs) to assist us in reviewing studies through the UK wide Radiation Assurance process.  

Radiation Assurance is being implemented in a phased roll-out, with the first phase open now and covering all oncology studies taking place in the NHS, and the second phase due to open on 12 November 2018 covering cardiology, neurology and rheumatology studies taking place in the NHS. We are currently inviting MPEs and CREs to register to become HRA Radiation Assurance reviewers with expertise in one or more of the following modalities/clinical specialisms:

  • radiology
  • nuclear medicine 
  • radiotherapy
  • oncology
  • cardiology
  • neurology
  • rheumatology
  • paediatrics with particular knowledge of any of the above specialisms

Candidates should have experience of carrying out local IRMER compliance reviews, as well as lead MPE/CRE reviews. A short online training course about the review process will be provided to successful candidates. 

Further details:

If you have any queries around the role, please contact hra.radiationassurance@nhs.net.

Giles Morrison

“Radiation is an explicit part of the ethical approval process. I see the reviewer role as being about assuring patient safety in research that uses ionising radiation.

"The changes have been piloted, with the intention of reducing the burden of approval at local sites by ensuring that high quality protocols, participant information sheets and comprehensive IRAS applications are submitted to Research Ethics Committees. 

"The outcome was that the quality of applications improved and it is anticipated that ultimately local approval processes become simply a question of capacity and capability, reducing delays to study recruitment."

Giles Morrison, Medical Physics Expert and HRA expert advisor

Interested in applying? 

Candidates who are interested in registering should provide:

  • proof of registration to the appropriate professional body
  • a current CV (two-pages maximum)
  • a completed HRA reviewer registration form
  • a letter of support from their line manager
  • a covering letter describing how they meet the role requirements.

The above documents should be submitted to hra.radiationassurance@nhs.net, with the subject line: 'Reviewer registration application'. The closing date for receipt of applications has now been extended to 4pm on Friday 2 November 2018.

You can see how we use any personal data provided to us in our privacy notice.

Candidates who are part time workers should notify us of this together with their working days in their submission. This is to ensure that we communicate with them effectively and, if successful, only assign studies for review on their working days.

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