Our annual reports detail NIHR’s activities and achievements during the year, setting out our partnerships and engagement with patients and the public, the life sciences industry and charities, contribution to economic growth, support for training and careers in research, research and knowledge transfer activities and the financial report.
NIHR Clinical Research Network Performance
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides the infrastructure and funding to support high quality clinical research.
The CRN performance page provides information about the effectiveness of the Network in improving research delivery and supporting researchers in meeting their targets, as well as reporting against objectives such as increasing the number of CRN-supported studies and number of research participants.
NHS research performance
NIHR Research Activity League Table
Each year, the NIHR Clinical Research Network publishes the NIHR Research Activity League Table. It provides a picture of research activity in all NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts and GP practices in England. The table data includes how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of NHS provider, and involving how many patients.
NHS performance in initiating and delivering research
The NIHR measures the performance of all providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering research, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The government uses this information to ensure that clinical research in England is conducted efficiently and effectively.
The NIHR collects data from all providers of NHS services in England that undertake clinical research, including trusts that undertake NIHR-funded research and those that deliver studies on the CRN portfolio. This is known as the Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID) exercise and takes place once a quarter.
We analyse these data to understand how quickly providers of NHS services are recruiting patients to clinical trials and how they are performing against their contractual requirements.
We publish comparison tables showing the performance of all organisations that submit to the PID exercise and trend analyses showing performance across the country as a whole.
These data allow organisations to compare their performance against that of other providers in their region and seek improvements, to increase the number of patients having the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research.