Delivering clinical research: our performance

The Government wants to see a dramatic improvement in the time it takes NHS trusts to set up research studies and enter patients into these studies, so that the number of patients who have the opportunity to take part in research will increase.

This is also intended to make the UK a more attractive place to undertake research for commercial organisations.

Starting clinical trials: the 70-day benchmark

The Government have set a target of 70 days for the time that NHS trusts should take between receiving a valid research application and when the first patient is recruited into the trial – this is known as the '70-day benchmark'. 

To see how we are doing against this measure, download our activity against the 70-day benchmark, 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (PDF 249Kb).

Recruiting patients on time and to target

We also have to report on how well we are doing at recruiting the right number of patients for each study within an agreed time period.

To see how we are doing, download recruiting patients on time and to target, 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (PDF 171Kb).

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Top Trust in London for NHS research

Guy’s and St Thomas’ carries out more research studies than any other NHS trust in London, and is in the top three trusts nationally.