Willie is the chief investigator and clinical lead for the ERICA trial – it was his brain child. Willie and his team have had a major impact on improving earlier diagnosis of cancer in the UK, in a large part this has resulted from the implementation of Risk Assessment Tools (RATs) for all major cancers. These provide the GP and patient with an accurate estimate of the risk of cancer when a patient reports symptoms to their GP. Although useful there is a need to make these RATs more accessible to GPs. A number of the RATs have been converted into electronic form (eRATs) and integrated into the major GP clinical systems. In the ERICA trial we are testing whether they are clinically-effective.
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Raff has extensive experience in trial management including cluster trials in general practice (such as this one). He is also responsible for liaison with the software developers, as well as supporting the recruitment team both pre- and post randomisation.
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Liz has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in early cancer diagnosis research – she has been instrumental in a lot of the RAT development work. Liz is part of the recruitment team, helping to assess practice’s eligibility to participate and welcoming you into the trial. Liz is also looking after one of the nested studies (something called a process evaluation); if your practice agrees to provide GP interviews to share your experience of eRATs then you’ll have the pleasure of talking with Liz.
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Emily has extensive experience in primary care research. Emily is undertaking a PhD during the course of the ERICA trial, focusing on GP workload measures associated with the use of cancer diagnostic tools in general practice. When she’s not busy becoming a Doctor of Philosophy, Emily helps with recruitment of practices and supporting those who agree to take part in a nested study – she may visit you at the practice to review medical records of consenting patients.
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Marijke joined the team in October 2019. She works as part of the recruitment team, supporting practices who agree to take part, as well as managing the administrative aspects of the trial.
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There are a lot of other scientists who are part of the wider ERICA team. Between them they bring a wealth of expertise and experience that helps guide the trial. Click here for info.