Performance on Clinical Trials
At St George’s we are constantly working towards improving outcomes for our patients and improving the health and well being of the people who use our services and their families, friends and carers. Central to this is our commitment to research.
The Government wants to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. The Government’s Plan for Growth, published in March 2011, announced the transformation of incentives at local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of clinical research. As part of this incentivisation, the Department of Health and Social Care requires, via the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) contracts with providers of NHS services, the publication on a quarterly basis of information regarding: the information on clinical trial initiation; and the recruitment to time and target for commercial contract clinical trials:
- Initiating clinical research:
The Department of Health and Social Care is committed to improving clinical trial performance and reducing site set up and participant recruitment time. As of Quarter 1 2018-19, this will no longer be assessed with a 70 day benchmark for the duration between Date Site Selected and date of First Participant Recruitment. A renewed focus will be placed on transparency, accuracy, and meeting sponsor expectations. NHS Providers are required to report any and all delays which have affected or may affect agreed study timelines for every clinical trial where the Date Site Selected falls within the previous twelve months:
- Delivering Clinical Research:
NHS providers are required to submit and publish information on performance in delivering commercial clinical research to time and target for every commercial contract clinical trial hosted by the NHS provider closed to recruitment in the previous twelve months: