Performance indicator data

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.

Performance in Initiating Clinical Research exercise (70 day benchmark) aims to assess the interval from valid research application to recruitment of the first patient to a trial. The Department of Health places a contractual obligation on providers of NHS services contracted through the NIHR; to submit data and publish outcomes against the 70 day benchmark and delivery to time and to target for commercial clinical trials.

More information and all related documents to support the submission process can be accessed at