The research and development office provides support in all aspects of the research process, including preparing ethics applications, research funding information, assistance with research bids and advice regarding intellectual property issues.
Performance Initiating and delivering clinical research - new national targets
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. Further detailed information and FAQs can be found on the National Institute for Health Research website www.nihr.ac.uk
Therefore, all clinical research studies being performed by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are subject to new performance benchmarks in initiation and delivery time:
- Initiation – it should take no more than 70 days from receipt of a valid research application by the Research and Development department to the recruitment of the first patient to the research study).
- Delivery – for all commercial clinical trials hosted by Homerton, the agreed target number of patients must be recruited within the agreed timeframe.
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust submits quarterly reports to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) setting out the performance against these metrics. As at December 2014 the total number of clinical trials underway is 11, and the number of these trials that meet the benchmark is 10. Click here to see the detailed figures for performance for initiating trials and for delivering commercial trials.
Overall Homerton achieved the 70 day benchmark of 1st patient recruitment 85.7% of the time. Homerton is one of the highest performing Trusts in this aspect.
Mean and median time taken to recruit 1st patient at Homerton is 20 days and 16 days respectively. Homerton is ranked number one for this bench mark compared to similar sized trusts.
Mean and median time taken to recruit 1st patient after receiving valid Research Application to Homerton is 4.7 and 2 days respectively. Homerton is once again ranked number one for this bench mark compared to similar sized trusts.