Key Statistics 2016/17

Over 665,000 participants involved in research
More than 665,000 participants took part in clinical research studies supported by the Network this year. This is 10 per cent more than the previous year.

Nearly 35,000 participants were recruited to studies sponsored by the life sciences industry. This has meant that over the last five years, more than 150,000 participants have had the opportunity to participate in high quality life sciences industry research and access cutting edge treatments.

NHS engagement in research
There continued to be high levels of participant recruitment among NHS trusts; 99 per cent of trusts and 48 per cent of General Medical Practices were actively engaged in clinical research. In addition, 79 per cent of NHS trusts recruited patients into commercial contract research studies.

Increased investment in NHS clinical research
This year the Network supported more high quality research than ever before. There were 2,055 new studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio, which included 729 new commercial contract research studies. This represents a 15% increase in the number of new studies added to the Portfolio compared to the previous year.

Improved study set-up and delivery
The Network supports research to be set up and delivered more efficiently. Delivery of research to agreed recruitment timelines and targets is an excellent indicator of efficiency and a priority area of focus. This year we delivered 83 per cent of all research funded by charities and other non-commercial funders to time and target. 73 per cent of commercial contract studies were delivered to time and target, which is a 10 per cent improvement on last year. In addition, only 9 per cent of active sites were non-enrollers.

The Network continues to work closely with research sites to support studies to set up rapidly, which is important to demonstrate that the UK is internationally competitive. This year we supported recruitment of 24 global and four European first patients into multiple specialty areas.

Increased opportunities to participate in Dementia research
The Network continues to support the Government’s Dementia Challenge and in 2016-17 supported nearly 28,000 people to participate in clinical research associated with dementias and neurodegeneration.

An increasing proportion of these people were recruited through Join Dementia Research, an online service which delivers opportunities for people to play their part in beating dementia through research.

View a PDF of the key statistics for Research delivery in the NHS 2016/17

View the Annual Performance Report 2016/17 and previous performance reports

View the latest NIHR Research Activity League Table (2016/17)