Research Performance

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Performance in Initiating & Delivering (PID) Clinical Research

National Targets for Research

The government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical trials.  The number of new studies delivered in the NHS has increased, and the number of patients engaged in research activity has hit an all-time high.

The Trust’s research performance is measured against 2 national benchmarks to improve the initiation and delivery of all clinical research trials approved by the Trust. All clinical trial research that takes place in the NHS has to have approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee, the MHRA if it is a drug or device trial, and the host organisation via its NHS permission.  NHS permission from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust ensures everything is in place for the research to go ahead from a regulatory and practical perspective.

Initiation - Setting up research studies and recruiting the first patient

Our Trust works hard at streamlining our research processes to set up clinical trials quicker, whilst maintaining robust governance procedures according to the Research Governance Framework.

You can see how we perform against the NIHR benchmark of 70 days from a valid application to first patient recruited: research initiation. This benchmark has been prescribed by the NIHR and, in order to pinpoint areas for improvement from a local and national level, reasons are assigned that cause delays.

Initiating Clinical Research - The 70 Day Benchmark

Delivery for Industry

Working with Industry our Trust agrees to try and find a certain number of participants in a particular timeframe for their trials.  The NIHR are encouraging transparency and below is our data for delivering "to time and target".

Delivering Clinical Research - Time and Target