WORKFORCE: The Manchester Cancer Research Centre is contemplating appointing 40 to 60 clinical academics, latest board minutes for The Christie Foundation Trust state.

Research and development director John Radford told the trust’s February board meeting that the reason its bid for biomedical research centre status failed was “the number of clinical academics”.

Asked if there was a “clear number” of clinical academics the trust was aiming for, Professor Radford responded that “MCRC are talking about appointing 40 to 60 clinical academics (not just cancer) but this hasn’t started yet”.