Date: 13 May 2019
We are pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved, web-based NIHR interactive Costing Tool (iCT) - which supersedes the Excel-based version of the industry costing templates.
The new online costing tool will enable faster costing and contracting between the life sciences industry and the NHS as part of the study set-up phase - providing an accessible solution to improve set-up times by reducing the time for cost negotiation
The new system is now available for use by representatives from the life sciences industry and the NHS - as a module within the NIHR Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS).
The CPMS-based system brings major improvements on the previous Excel version of the costing template, including:
The iCT identifies resources required to deliver each specific study in the NHS (including NHS trusts, primary care organisations and specialist research locations like Clinical Research Facilities), to which a standardised costing methodology is applied, to provide a price estimate for the commercial company. A negotiation follows with each participating site until both parties reach an agreement, which is then included in the site contract to undertake the study.
Use of the iCT underpins rollout of the single contract review process for commercial contract research. The first phase of implementation is now underway, with multiple volunteer national coordinators from participating sites conducting an enhanced validation on a single study. Find out more at: www.nihr.ac.uk/ccr
General Support exists within the NIHR CRN Coordinating Centre from
Local Network Support exists with the current Industry Single Point of Contact groups here.
Additional support for first 12 month roll-out will be represented by monthly 1:1 surgeries for the life sciences industry, monthly LCRN industry teams Google Hangouts, and site 1:1 surgeries which will be advertised in due course. These surgeries will be chaired by the NIHR's Study Start Up Manager and will contribute to both additional FAQs and backlog development for future potential changes to CPMS alongside general problem-solving. Data outputs from iCT will also be reviewed in quarterly retrospectives in order to assess the impact of iCT and its development as a tool into the future.
Visit our industry costing page here.
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