Initiating and delivering clinical research
We aim to become a centre of excellence for research by ensuring that:
- participation in research studies and clinical trials is offered to as many patients as possible
- our research is initiated as quickly as possible
The Trust aims are underpinned by the government’s initiatives to improve the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research, which has been driven by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) mission and areas of focus.
The government policy, The Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery (March 2021), outlines building on streamlining the initiation and delivery of clinical research with regards to speed and efficiency.
The NIHR has established two performance benchmarks that we and other NHS providers are measured against. The aim of these benchmarks 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.
The two benchmarks are as follows:
Initiating clinical research
This data provides detail of trial set up and first participant recruitment times.
Information about our performance in initiating clinical trials is available below:
Delivering clinical research – time and target
This data provides detail of recruitment to time and target for all commercial clinical trials – measuring whether or not we have recruited the target number of patients in the agreed timeframe.
Information about our performance in delivering commercial trials is available below:
Since April 2014 we have been required to submit our quarterly performance data to the NIHR and to publish this on our website.