Join a CSG

“Sitting on a CSG enables you to interact with a variety of experts – including clinicians, patient and carer representatives, scientists and research infrastructure such as funders and Clinical Trials Units, to both oversee the current trial portfolio available to our patients and consider the new studies we need to develop. The CSG members are from a variety of disciplines, each bringing something different to the table, but all working with the common aim of patient benefit – be that prevention, early diagnosis, cancer treatment or dealing with side effects due to treatment or disease.”

Professor Gareth Griffiths, ex-CSG memberCSGs recruit from a wide range of disciplines.

Membership is for 3 years in the first instance, with an option to reapply for a further 3 years. There are two rounds of recruitment each year, usually in early summer and winter. Application is by CV and cover letter, with no interview.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Summer 2019.

Please click here for further details & to apply/here to be added to mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities.

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CSG Chairs are appointed for 3 years in the first instance, with an option to reapply for a further 3 years.

Recruitment takes place once a year, usually in early summer, depending on vacancies. Application is by CV and cover letter, followed by a face to face interview.

The next round of applications will be in spring 2019

Please click here for further details & to apply/here to be added to mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities.

I am a Clinical Oncology SpR and was a trainee member of the Bladder & Renal CSG. The CSG and sub-group were extremely welcoming and supportive of my future research work. I gained an insight into the processes involved in planning and conducting studies of different size and scope. I was encouraged to take an active role in meetings and invited to additional NCRI workshops and research strategy groups.
I would highly recommend being a trainee member of a CSG – it has been a great opportunity and rapidly accelerated my understanding of research without being a scary or overly time-consuming experience!”

The CSGs Trainee Scheme provides the opportunity for junior researchers to experience the workings of a CSG or Advisory Group. Trainees are appointed for 2 years in the first instance with an option apply to join a CSG or Subgroup thereafter, depending on vacancies.

The CSGs Trainee scheme application process for 2018 is now closed.

The next round of applications will open in summer 2020

Please click here for further details & to apply/here to be added to mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities.

“The subgroups carrying out essential work to support the main CSG’s strategic aims such as: portfolio development, collaborative approach to trial development & improving trial methodology & clinical utility. It is very rewarding to support research teams and play a role in transforming early concepts into funded national breast cancer trials.”

Subgroup members are recruited directly by the Subgroup Chair. Core membership of a subgroup is limited to 10 people.

Please click here to register your interest in joining one of our Subgroups

Being a consumer member of an NCRI Clinical Studies Group has been an extremely rewarding experience. Colleagues respect and welcome my contributions, my genuine interest in supporting all aspects of the work of the group, and I have been valued as an equal contributor. We consumers bring different skillsets from our careers and lives, in addition to our perspective as patients or carers, which help us to offer an alternative approach or viewpoint in discussions. I have been offered a number of opportunities to take on various roles in research activities and have been invited to play a full and active part into the future strategy of the CSG and the proposed direction of research.

Mrs Elspeth Banks, ConsumerCSG consumers are appointed for 3 years in the first instance, with an option to extend membership for a further 3 years, once activity is reviewed.

Recruitment takes place once a year, depending on vacancies.

Please visit the consumer webpage for more information on how to get involved.

» NCRI Patient and Public Involvement (internal webpage)