Redtree gains Cogent Skills Services Provider Assurance status

Redtree is now a Cogent Skills assured provider specializing in the delivery of Workforce Development/ and or Apprenticeship provision to employers within the Science based industries.

Cogent Skills Services has an assured network of providers throughout the country who meet rigorous standards to ensure tCogent-Assured-Provider---Logo-Full-Colourhe highest quality provision is obtained.

The assured network is aimed at ensuring high quality training across the entire science sector, promoting the availability of employer-backed training solutions, supporting new entrants into the sector, particularly
through Apprenticeships, and boosting skills transferability.

Sue Fitzpatrick, Director of Training, said “recognition from Cogent Skills Services as an assured provider is a reflection of the quality of the training we provide. We see the value of Cogent Skills Services assurance, including the use of the Cogent Skills Services brand as a mark of quality.”

Claire Green, Cogent Skills Services Provider Manager said, “we are delighted Redtree is now part of our assured network, delivering high quality training for employers within the Science based industries.. Redtree bring with them a great track-record and innovative approaches to training delivery which we know will be greatly received by the employers in our sector.”

For more information, contact:

About the Provider

Redtree People

Walton Lodge, Hill Cliffe Road, Walton, Warrington, WA4 6NU

0845 680 6163

About Cogent Skills Services

Cogent Skills Services supports science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people who can contribute to business success. We understand that recruiting new talent and ensuring you maximise the potential of your current workforce is key to your future success. We bring a holistic approach to addressing your people development challenges, using our employer-led Gold Standard benchmarking tools to unlock key insights into your organisation.

The benefits to our approach include:

  • Solutions tailored to your organisation’s skills needs – with a focus on science industry capabilities
  • Improved performance through your people –  through skills benchmarking against the Gold Standard
  • A people development strategy that drives business performance – using key milestones

We can also help you make the business case for skills.

For further information please contact:

Matthew Lowe

Marketing Operations Manager


Clinical Research Associate (CRA) skills benchmark launched by Cogent Skills

News Release April 2016

Redtree People have assisted Cogent Skills, the sector skills council for the science-based industries, with the development and release of the new Gold Standard for the role of Clinical Research Associate.

The development of the Gold Standard role profile has been supported by experts in the field of clinical research headed by Sue Fitzpatrick of Redtree. The expert panel included sponsor Pharmaceutical employers; providers Redtree and leading industry bodies such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It has been  developed for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and employers who in the execution of the CRA role monitor the progress of a clinical trials at investigator sites, verifying that it is conducted, recorded and reported in accordance with the protocol, and ensuring that the rights and wellbeing of subjects are protected.

Sue Fitzpatrick Redtree People Director commented, “The new industry Gold Standard now exists to unify sector skills so that CRA competencies may be measured and supported by quality approved training. I am very pleased to be involved in the process and creation of new standard which has been long awaited”

RAs are employed by clinical trial sponsors which may include pharmaceutical companies , contract research organisations (CROs) academia, the NHS and other institutions who must respond to a fast changing environment where maintenance of skills and knowledge is vital to the success of the role. The CRA Cogent Gold standard provides a framework that details these skills and the competency requirements that may then be used to recruit and develop new CRAs develop structured training in accordance to future Cogent CRA training standards.

John Holton, Cogent Skills Director says, “As businesses grow, the impact of clinical and scientific knowledge evolves with the business. The new CRA Cogent Gold Standard will allow employers and individuals to benchmark themselves against a national standard so that they can recruit, develop or retain the best employees to a level recognised by employers as best practice.”

Redtree has long canvassed industry bodies for the introduction of a standards based approach for clinical research and is delighted to be working with Cogent to push these unified standards forward. In its training and learning capacity, Redtree will provide Gold Standards aligned training after being instrumental in the delivery and development of the new Training Standards to meet the Gold Standard.

About Gold Standard

The Gold Standard is a Competency Framework for individuals in the science based industries. It sets an aspirational industry standard for expected levels of on-the-job performance. It supports individual Continuing Professional Development (CPD), setting out the skills required for world class performance in key job roles.

Through this framework individuals can be confident that their skills have been benchmarked to a national, industry-developed standard. The framework describes and maps the competencies required to a wide range of jobs across four areas of competence.

The Gold Standard Framework is widely adopted across the science industries having been adopted in Europe as a skills benchmark in the science based industries.

About Redtree People

Redtree People is an organisation focused on skills and skills development in the Clinical Research sector. It aims to help, grow and assist with the career development of its registrants (Redtree People) to ensure they are best equipped for career development and compliant for industry best practice.

About Cogent Skills

Cogent Skills is the UK’s strategic body for skills in the science industries, led by sector employers. We work with them to develop, design and deploy skills solutions for the science industries.

All our products and services are designed with science industry employers, are underpinned by national standards and meet the unique requirements of the sector.

Industries covered include chemicals, polymers, biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, bio medical technologies, environmental technologies, bio medical devices, nuclear and organisations that devote the majority of their efforts in the various stages of research, development, technology transfer and commercialisation.


Oxford Publish Book by Sue Fitzpatrick.

Edited by Sumantra Ray, Sue Fitzpatrick,Redtree More Information

Rajna Golubic, and Susan Fisher




Sue Fitzpatrick reflects on the latest legislative framework by providing equal focus to qualitative and quantitative aspects covering the breadth of information required for GCP education and related examination, including FPH. A comprehensive start-up toolkit for new researchers in any health-related fields outlining the scope and multidisciplinary nature of clinical and healthcare research and the underpinning concepts governing each topic.




Sue Fitzpatrick joins Redtree People : 31-Mar-2014

Redtree People a trading arm of Redtree Systems Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Fitzpatrick, formerly the Head of Education and Training at the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR), to the Redtree management team and board.

Sue’s role will be to further Redtree’s learning and training capability and to develop the planned ‘Employability’ programme initiative aimed at assisting new market entrants, including Biomedical Scientific students and Research Nurses, transitioning into the Clinical Research sector.

Andrew Baillie CEO Redtree commented “ we are delighted to have Sue on board and to benefit from her sector knowledge and respected training experience. Sue’s input will be invaluable as Redtree presses ahead with its strategy to assist Clinical Research professionals at all levels with their career development and Sponsor organisation’s with their internal and resourcing.

Sue Fitzpatrick commented on her new role ” I have always felt passionate about helping new people into the research sector and have provided career advice to many individuals. Joining Redtree People allows me to do this in a more formal way and I am looking forward to a new and exciting challenge. Redtree’s philosophy is about helping individuals fulfil their potential and Andrew Baillie and the Board are committed to this goal.”

Website Design Update : 02-Nov-2011

As part of the ongoing development of Redtree’s services, we have updated our website. This revision concentrates on making the site easier to navigate and paves the way for future developments we will be launching shortly.

Redtree Learning : 03-Nov-2011

Redtree are pleased to announce the launch of its learning division with its aim to assist with the career development of Redtree People – registrants. The education and learning services include vocational and industry based learning through recognised training providers as well as Contractor Development training for Redtree People looking to progress their abilities and opportunities as independent workers. For more information on Redtree learning services visit this link

Redtree People :

Redtree has supplemented its customer services team with the deployment of Donna O’Keefe as Redtree Project Manager. Donna will be responsible for the project management and further development of the Redtree platform. Julie Mallam has been appointed as Redtree customer relationship management CRM and system manager. Rachel Corbishley has been appointed to head up the Redtree customer services team. All three have extensive experience of managing customer service orientated operations.

Redtree Platform :

Redtree will be releasing the next generation version of its system platform to allow Candidates to update detailed profile information of their skills, experience, competencies and availability. Hiring organisations will be able to directly search and select from the Redtree skills database to create Candidate shortlists and interview instructions.

Redtree 2011 Survey. :

Redtree are underway with the re run of their employment trend survey to understand the ongoing trends in employment migration between full time employment and freelance contracting. The survey will also investigate the impact of the worldwide recession and how further consolidation in the Pharma marketplace is affecting employment aspirations.