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 against.
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 – the 70 day benchmark
Clinical trials to be set up and operational within 70 days (this looks at how quickly studies are set up and recruited to).
- Delivering Clinical Research – time and target
Recruitment of commercial clinical trials on time and target (this looks at whether or not we've recruited the target number of patients in the timeframe 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. The 70-day benchmark is not feasible in cases such as these.
We are currently required to submit data on these two benchmarks to NIHR on a quarterly basis. Our most recent submission was submitted in July 2018 and is provided shown below.
Initiating Clinical Research – the 70-day benchmark
This includes all of our clinical trials we have approved between 01-Jul-2017 to 30-Jun-2018.
Delivering Clinical Research – time and target
This includes all of our commercial clinical trials that we have hosted between 01-Jul-2017 to 30-Jun-2018.