Research performance

The government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. Their aim is to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research.

Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID) is an initiative to support this. It is managed by the National Institute for Health Research and monitors the following benchmarks:

  • Initiation: It should take no more than 70 days from receipt of a valid research application to the recruitment of the first patient to the trial.
  • Delivery: For all commercial clinical trials hosted by the trust, the agreed number of patients must be recruited within the agreed recruitment period.

Our latest reports detailing how we have performed against these benchmarks are available here: