Submitting data on performance in initiating and delivering clinical research
The NIHR collects data on initiating and delivering research from providers of NHS services in England that undertake clinical research, including trusts that undertake NIHR-funded research and those that deliver studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio.
This is known as the Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID) exercise. Providers of NHS services are required to submit PID data to the NIHR every quarter.
Who needs to submit PID data
Providers of NHS services that hold an NIHR contract issued after Autumn 2011, for example from one of our research programmes or the CRN, are required to provide data to the PID exercise on recruitment to and delivery of all clinical trials, including commercial contract clinical trials.
Please note that, unless the organisation’s R&D Office has been contacted directly by the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF), the NHS provider does not need to submit any data to the PID exercise.
NHS providers are required to submit information to the PID exercise in two areas:
- initiating clinical research
- delivering commercial contract clinical research to time and target.
The NIHR and the Health Research Authority (HRA) have collaboratively developed a single ‘minimum data set’ for clinical trial data, which reflects the HRA approval processes and CRN recruitment data terminology.
The revised data set simplifies reporting and provides greater flexibility for understanding performance at all points across the study lifecycle, at both a site and study level, without competing or duplicating metrics.
How to submit
Trusts are required to submit data online through the Clinical Trial Performance (CTP) submission platform.
If you have any questions regarding the PID exercise, contact the NIHR Clinical Trial Performance team on CTP@nihr.ac.uk.
When to submit
Information should be provided to the NIHR and published on the NHS provider’s website within 30 calendar days of the end of each quarter.
For the following four quarters, the submission timetable is as follows:
|Quarter||Period Start Date||Period End Date||Submission and Publication Deadline|
|Q1 2019/20||01 July 2018||30 June 2019||Tuesday 30 July 2019 5.00pm|
|Q2 2019/20||01 October 2018||30 September 2019||Wednesday 30 October 2019 5.00pm|
|Q3 2019/20||01 January 2019||31 December 2019||Thursday 30 January 2020 5.00pm|
|Q4 2019/20||01 April 2019||31 March 2020||Thursday 30 April 2020 5.00pm|
The NIHR uses PID data to compare performance in the initiation of clinical research across NHS trusts and analyse trends. We publish this comparison data and trend data on our website.
The Department of Health and Social Care, via NIHR contracts with providers of NHS services, mandates the publication on a quarterly basis of information on clinical trial initiation and the recruitment to time and target for commercial contract clinical trials.
- Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research - Submission guidelines
- Clinical Trial Performance submission platform instructions
- Minimum data set for the PID exercise
- PID exercise feedback process