Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research

Quarter 3 – 1st October 2016 to 31st December  2016

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.

From July 2013, for Clinical Trials, providers holding National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) contracts are required to publish outcomes against the 70 day benchmark and delivery to time and target metrics:

  • 70 Day Benchmark: There is an expectation that all Clinical Trials will be approved, opened and have recruited their first participant within 70 Days of a Valid Research Application (VRA) being received by the Trust’s R&D Department
  • Time and Target Benchmark: There is an expectation that all Commercial Sponsored Clinical Trials will recruit to “Time and Target” i.e. targets that are set for recruitment during study Initiation will be met during study Delivery.

2gether NHS Foundation Trust was required to start reporting this information from Quarter 3, 2014 (July-September 2014).

The tables on this webpage include the latest report on Performance in Initiating and Delivering research up to Q3 of the 2016/17 reporting year – 1st October 2016 to 31st December 2016. The reports cover a rolling 12 month period from 1st January to 31st December 2016

The links below can be used to access:

TABLE 1 – Performance in Initiating Clinical Research Q3 2016/2017 - 70 Day Benchmark

Table 1 provides information about the 70 Day Benchmark and reasons for cases where the target has not been met. For example, studies may be delayed due to contracting issues with the study sponsor, or research into rare diseases may only expect to recruit one or two participants a year, making it very difficult to ensure recruitment occurs within 70 days.

The table is an accurate representation of trial status at the point of reporting as of 31st January 2017. Only one study was eligible for reporting at this time.

TABLE 2 – Performance in Delivering Clinical Research Q3 2016/17 - Time and Target Benchmark

Table 2 provides information about Commercially Sponsored research hosted by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust I relation to meeting the Time and Target metric.

These reports will be updated on a quarterly basis.

If there are any questions about these reports or the benchmarks themselves, please contact Mark Walker, Senior Research Manager – Governance on 0300 422 5463 or mark.walker@glos.nhs.uk

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