Performance Indicator Data

Performance in initiating and delivering research

Between 2010 and 2015 the Conservative and Liberal Coalition Government wished to see an improvement in the performance where initiating and delivering clinical research was concerned. The aim was to increase the number of patients that were offered the chance to participate in research, and to expand the nation's research opportunities as a whole.

In March 2011 the government published the Plan for Growth, where their plans to transform the initiation and delivery of research were announced. Since 2012, the outcomes of clinical trials have been published against public benchmarks; including an initial 70 day benchmark from the time a provider of NHS services receives a valid research application to the time when that provider recruits the first patient for that study.

The Data Collection platform was amended in Q4 2015/16 in line with the new HRA Approvals process, and the 70 day benchmark was adjusted in line to calculate from the date the provider of NHS services was selected as a site for the clinical trial.

As of Q1 2018-19, improvement in performance, as well as reducing site set up and recruitment time will no longer be measured with this 70 day benchmark. The focus will now be places on transparency, accuracy, and meeting sponsor expectations. In line with NIHR guidance, the quarterly reports for Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust can be accessed below: