Forum Southeast about the ongoing work on regional and national coordination
Forum Southeast is node for the south-eastern healthcare region in the national collaboration Clinical Studies Sweden. Charlotta Dabrosin, node manager for Forum Southeast, tells more about the ongoing work on regional and national coordination in the interview below.
How do you work with regional coordination?
The three county councils (Kalmar County Council, Region Jönköping, Region Östergötland) and Linköping University, which are part of Forum Southeast, work closely together in a good cooperative environment. We have short, easy contact routes and work on equal terms throughout the region, which is very positive.
In order to tie together and coordinate the region, we have chosen to work in concrete initiatives. One initiative is a common function for feasibilities and the other is a joint network for research nurses throughout the south-eastern healthcare region. The initiative for feasibilities started mid 2016 and we have today handled over 60 inquiries that were sent out to the entire healthcare region.
The network for research nurses has been, and is, a highly appreciated investment we are working on at local and regional level. The programs for regional networking meetings are being created at the request of the research nurses in the region. Updates and news on clinical studies are also presented, and space is given for the opportunity to exchange experiences that make it easier to find solutions in the daily work. The regional networking meetings are well-visited and are planned annually. We believe that regional coordination contributes to the south-eastern healthcare region becoming a more attractive workplace for research nurses.
Several other networks have also been created in the south-eastern healthcare region; the trial economists have an exchange in order to establish a common approach to the budget process and the contract process, the statisticians have an exchange and lawyers from health care and universities meet in common issues. We also have newly recruited dedicated people with special responsibility for coordination at local, regional and national level. We believe that this will further strengthen cohesion in the region while at the same time being a supplement to national coordination.
How does Forum Southeast work with national coordination and what does it mean for operations within the south-eastern healthcare region?
We work with national coordination as we lead and participate in several national development initiatives. The results of these national initiatives will also benefit our healthcare region. It is too early to say if it has in turn increased the number and/or quality of clinical studies in the region. However, the work has meant that these issues are now more actively included in the agenda in health care management. This is very positive and will probably facilitate clinical studies in the south-eastern healthcare region in the long run.
What is important for Forum Southeast to do in order to accommodate more clinical studies?
An important strategic focus in our node is to ensure that managers, doctors and nurses working with clinical research have the skills in, among other things, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) required to conduct different types of clinical studies. We see an increased demand for education and, therefore, have expanded the range of courses in clinical studies and GCP. Training for business managers has begun and in the autumn, research nurses in the region will be able to apply for a three-day course focusing on the practical work in clinical trials. The course has been developed in collaboration between research nurses in our region and LIF, the research-based pharmaceutical industry. We hope that this initiative will make things easier for those who wish to conduct clinical studies in the south-eastern healthcare region.