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RBQM Ops 2022 - How big is the skills gap and what can you do about it

RBQM Ops 2022 - How big is the skills gap and what can you do about it

How big is the skills gap and what can you do about it?

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DUNCAN HALL:

Now if our final speaking slot Today I'm delighted to announce someone that have a huge amount of professional respect for someone who's been instrumental in shaping, driving, overcoming barriers and successfully implementing RBQM. In multiple global organizations. Rosie McKellar is the Vice President of risk-based quality management Worldwide Clinical Trials and she understands that for the sector to be successful, we need to do much more to recruit, train, nurture, and develop people with the skills to be able to understand, communicate and act on the stories behind the data that we're looking at. That's why I was really pleased when Rosie agreed to talk about our final topic. And that's “How big is the skills gap and what can we do about it?” Rosie, thank you so much for being here today. Over to you.


ROSIE MCKELLAR

Thanks Duncan. So, do we have a skills gap? And what might we do about it? So here are my thoughts on the subject. We know that many people's priorities changed during the pandemic. That's not unique to our industry. It's not unique to the clinical research sector. And it's not unique to RBQM.

We also know that many people took the opportunity to change roles and change organizations over the last couple of years. Recent data has also shown that we've lost about 2% of our workforce, and that many of those people have been more experienced.

So, my definition of a skill gap in RBQM is that we don't yet have every person and every role able to deliver a study within the principles of barbecuing. And I think that relates back to the delayed adoption of RBQM as an industry, and that predates the pandemic.
So those companies and organisations who were further ahead in their adoption and understanding of how to do this actually had a head start when we hit the pandemic. And while the adoption in the knowledge has increased over the pandemic, we are still not at a position where every role in every function is able to understand the details and be able to deliver a study repeatedly using the principles.

So, let's take a moment to look at the skills that we will need. I think we need to start with what are the tasks? What are the competencies that are needed to do those tasks. And then finally, look at the roles that we've got, and who should do them.

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