During 2014, research studies at The Christie recruited 1,815 patients.
Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research
The Government's Plan for Growth, published in March 2011, announced the transformation of incentives at local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of clinical research.
The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has established two performance benchmarks against which we and other NHS providers are measured.
As a major UK Cancer Research Centre with improvement in patient outcomes our primary aim, we are committed to the principle of initiating studies as efficiently as possible and delivering planned recruitment on time, and therefore we have welcomed these benchmarks.
The two benchmarks are:
- Initiating Clinical Research - This looks at how quickly studies are set up and recruited to.
- Delivering Clinical Research – (AKA time and target) This looks at whether or not we've recruited the target number of patients in the time frame we said we would
The aim here 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.
We also host a number of clinical trials in rare diseases or rare sub-types of common diseases, which means it often takes some time to identify and recruit the first patient.
We are currently required to submit data on these two benchmarks to NIHR on a quarterly basis. Our most recent submission was in September 2019. Submitted data is below.
Initiating Clinical Research
This includes all of our hosted clinical trials where the Date Site Selected falls between the dates given.
Delivering Clinical Research
This includes all of our hosted commercial contract clinical trial closed to recruitment between the dates given. This is also known as Time and Target.