Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research
The Conservative and Liberal Coalition Government (2010 - 2015) wished to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research with a particular aim 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.
The Coalition Government published Plan for Growth in March 2011 which announced the transformation of incentives at local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of research. For clinical trials we have, since 2012, published outcomes against public benchmarks, including an initial benchmark of 70 days or less from the time a provider of NHS services receives a valid research application to the time when that provider recruits the first patient for that study.
In future, our funding to providers of NHS services is becoming conditional on meeting benchmarks, including a 70-day benchmark to recruit first patients for trials. This was made a condition of new contracts from Autumn 2011 and performance affects funding from 2014.