Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID)

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 research and wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services.

The 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.

In future, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding to providers of NHS services will become conditional on meeting benchmarks, including a 70-day benchmark to recruit first patients for trials. NHS providers holding NIHR contracts are required to provide, on a quarterly basis, information on recruitment to clinical trials, including commercial trials.

The overall aim is increasing the number of patients able to participate in research, and enhancing the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust must submit information in two areas to the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) within 30 days of the end of each quarter:

  • Initiating clinical research – for every clinical trial (regardless of funder and whether or not the study is included in the NIHR CRN Portfolio) for which it gave NHS permission in the previous twelve months and showing the number of days elapsing between the time of receipt of a valid research application for a clinical trial and the time when the first patient is recruited to the trial.
  • Delivering clinical research to time and target – for every commercial contract clinical trial hosted by the NHS provider in the previous twelve months the following information has to be provided:
    • The Research Ethics Committee reference number
    • The name of the clinical trial
    • The target number of patients it has agreed to recruit to that clinical trial
    • The date by which it has agreed to recruit the target number of patients
    • The trial status: eg on-going or finished
    • If trial recruitment has finished: whether the agreed target number of patients was recruited within the agreed time.