Our Performance

In order for clinical research to be meaningful, researchers need to be able to complete their study within an acceptable timescale. They also need to be able to meet recruitment targets – the number of patients or other participants required to make the study feasible. These factors are important for all researchers, but particularly so for researchers working on commercial life- sciences studies, as the UK must compete with other countries to host studies that could benefit NHS patients.

Many factors can affect a researcher’s ability to deliver a study effectively – and not all of them are within the control of the Clinical Research Network. However, there are a number of areas which we directly affect or influence, which can improve a researcher’s ability to deliver a clinical study “to time and target”. These include:

  • Introducing effective systems to reduce the length of time it takes for a study to receive NHS permission to start
  • Putting a broad-based infrastructure in place, so that researchers have access to the facilities and research support personnel they need to carry out the study activities
  • Being able to direct researchers towards local patient populations and research capacity, so that participant targets can be achieved

Our Objectives

The Clinical Research Network measures its effectiveness against a set of high level objectives. In broad terms, these objectives include:

  • Increasing the proportion of Portfolio studies that deliver in line with the study’s planned delivery time and patient recruitment targets
  • Increasing the number of participants recruited into studies on our Portfolio
  • Reducing the time it takes to get NHS permission for a study to start
  • Reducing the length of time it takes to recruit the first participant onto Portfolio studies
  • Increasing the number of life-sciences studies on our Portfolio
  • Increasing the proportion of NHS trusts and general medical practices that are involved in delivering our Portfolio
  • Increasing the number of participants recruited into Dementias and Neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN) studies on our Portfolio

The Clinical Research Network reports on its performance on a quarterly basis. These performance reports can be found below.

Each year the Clinical Research Network also publishes the NHS Research Activity League Table and key statistics.

For 2015/16 the CRN Coordinating Centre produced an 'Our year' document, which highlights some of the key achievements from each directorate.

Latest report

Performance Report - April 2016 to March 2017

Previous reports

2016/17
  Performance Report - October to December 2016
Performance Report - July to September 2016 Performance Report - April to June 2016
2015/16
Performance Report - April 2015 to March 2016 Performance Report – October to December 2015
Performance Report – July to September 2015 Performance Report – April to June 2015
2014/15  
Performance Report - April 2014 to March 2015 Performance Report – July to September 2014
Performance Report – April to June 2014  
2013/14
Performance Report – April 2013 to March 2014 Performance Report – October to December 2013
Performance Report – July to October 2013 Performance Report – April to June 2013
2012/13
Performance Report – April 2012 to March 2013 Performance Report – October to December 2012
Performance Report – July to September 2012 Performance Report – April to June 2012
2011/12
Performance Report - April 2011 to March 2012 Performance Report – October to December 2011
Performance Report – July to September 2011 Performance Report – April to June 2011
2010/11  
Performance Report – January to March 2011 Performance Report – October to December 2010
Performance Report – July to September 2010 Performance Report – April to June 2010
2009/10  
Performance Report – January to March 2010