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Table 2 Professional development opportunities

From: Where do we go from here? – Opportunities and barriers to the career development of trial managers: a survey of UK-based trial management professionals

Opportunities that are considered important – mean (SD)AllLength of time in a trial management roleSalary scalePrevious promotionBased in a registered CTUAcademic grade/pathwayb
<1–5 y6- >10 y<£35,000>£35,000YesNoYesNoProfResearch
n = 420n = 224n = 196n = 162an = 242an = 224n = 196n = 317n = 103n = 267N = 67
To attend relevant training courses8.3 (1.8)8.4 (1.8)8.2 (1.9)8.4 (1.8)8.3 (1.8)8.3 (1.9)8.4 (1.8)8.4 (1.8)8.1 (1.9)8.3 (1.9)8.3 (1.8)
To help in the design of trials7.7 (2.4)7.5 (2.5)8.0 (2.2)7.4 (2.6)7.9 (2.2)7.8 (2.3)7.6 (2.4)7.8 (2.3)7.4 (2.6)7.7 (2.4)8.2 (1.9)
To undertake qualifications applicable to trial management7.5 (2.6)7.8 (2.5)7.2 (2.7)7.9 (2.5)7.3 (2.5)7.3 (2.8)7.8 (2.4)7.4 (2.7)7.8 (2.3)7.5 (2.7)7.7 (2.2)
To contribute to academic writing and publication7.3 (2.7)7.1 (2.7)7.5 (2.6)6.9 (2.8)7.4 (2.6)7.3 (2.7)7.3 (2.7)7.4 (2.6)6.8 (2.9)7.2 (2.7)8.6 (1.7)
To join committees/ groups related to trials7.0 (2.9)6.9 (2.5)7.2 (2.4)6.8 (2.6)7.2 (2.3)7.0 (2.5)7.1 (2.4)7.0 (2.4)7.0 (2.6)7.0 (2.5)7.2 (2.1)
To assist with obtaining funding for trials7.0 (2.5)6.6 (2.9)7.4 (2.8)6.5 (2.8)7.3 (2.8)7.3 (2.7)6.6 (3.0)7.1 (2.8)6.5 (3.0)7.0 (2.9)7.8 (2.4)
To work on more complex trials6.5 (2.6)6.6 (2.5)6.4 (2.8)6.5 (2.5)6.5 (2.5)6.5 (2.8)6.6 (2.5)6.6 (2.6)6.5 (2.7)6.5 (2.8)6.5 (2.3)
To work in a variety of clinical areas6.4 (2.7)6.6 (2.5)6.2 (2.8)6.9 (2.4)6.1 (2.8)6.3 (2.7)6.6 (2.6)6.5 (2.7)6.1 (2.6)6.4 (2.7)6.1 (2.9)
To contribute to methodological studies/SWATs6.1 (3.0)5.8 (2.9)6.5 (3.0)5.9 (3.0)6.3 (3.0)6.2 (3.0)6.0 (3.0)6.3 (2.9)5.7 (3.0)6.3 (3.0)6.7 (2.7)
To present work at conferences6.1 (3.0)6.0 (2.9)6.1 (3.1)5.7 (3.1)6.2 (2.9)6.2 (2.9)6.2 (2.9)6.1 (3.0)5.9 (3.0)6.0 (3.0)7.1 (2.8)
To work on trials outside the UK5.5 (3.2)5.4 (3.3)5.5 (3.2)5.7 (3.3)5.3 (3.2)5.6 (3.2)5.3 (3.3)5.5 (3.2)5.3 (3.4)5.8 (3.2)5.0 (3.3)
to work on larger (sites and participants) trials5.4 (2.9)5.7 (2.7)5.1 (3.0)5.7 (2.8)5.2 (3.0)5.3 (3.0)5.6 (2.8)5.3 (2.9)5.7 (3.0)5.5 (2.9)5.1 (2.7)
  1. Abbreviations: CTU clinical trials unit, SD standard deviation, SWAT study within a trial
  2. a For salary scale, the 16 respondents who answered “prefer not to say” were not included in this analysis
  3. b For academic grade/pathway, only responses from respondents based in a University are included. Prof = “Professional/Administrative/Managerial/Academic-related”. Twenty respondents are not included since contract type was unknown