Research performance

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    Performance in Initiating and Delivering
    Clinical Research

    The Government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. The aim is to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research.

    Providers of NHS services are required to publish outcomes against the 70 day benchmark and delivery to time and to target for commercial clinical trials.

    NHS providers holding NIHR contracts issued after Autumn 2011 are required to provide, on a quarterly basis, information on recruitment to ALL clinical trials, including commercial trials.

    NHS providers are required to submit information in two areas:

    1. 1. Initiating clinical research
    2. 2. Delivering commercial contract clinical research to time and target

    Initiating Clinical Research

    Providers of NHS Services must submit to the NIHR Clinical Commissioning Facility (CCF), within 30 days of the end of each quarter, information for every clinical trial (regardless of funder or inclusion in the NIHR CRN Portfolio), for which it gave NHS Permission in the previous twelve months.

    For trials which are subject to Health Research Authority (HRA) Approval (from 31st March 2016) rather than NHS Permission, providers must submit information for trials where the date of site selection falls within the previous twelve months. 

    Please see the performance data for Initiating Clinical Research below:

    Delivering Clinical Research

    NHS providers must submit to the CCF, within 30 calendar days at the end of each quarter, information for every Commercial Contract Clinical Trial hosted by the NHS Provider, closed to recruitment in the previous twelve months.

    Please see the performance data for Delivering Clinical Research below: