Performance in Initiating and Delivering Research

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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.

Consequently the Department of Health now requires (via the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) contracts with providers of NHS services) the publication of the following information on a quarterly basis:

1. Performance in Initiating Clinical Research: As of Quarter 1 2018-19, improvement in clinical trial performance and reducing site set up and participant recruitment time will no longer be assessed with a 70 day benchmark. A renewed focus will be placed on transparency, accuracy, and meeting sponsor expectations.

 2. Performance in Delivering Clinical Research: recruitment of target number of participants to commercial contract clinical trials within the agreed time limit set out with the sponsor.

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