The Government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. 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.
The Government’s Plan for Growth1, published in March 2011, announced the transformation of incentives at local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of research. From July 2013 for clinical trials the National Institute for Health Research has enforced the transparency commitment for this exercise. Providers of NHS services, including Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are required to publish outcomes against the 70 day benchmark and delivery to time and to target for commercial clinical trials. The following tables summarise the Trust’s performance in delivering clinical research against these benchmarks.