How are we doing?
Since 2010, over 14,000 people have taken part in research with Solent NHS Trust. In 2017/18, 2362 people participated in 55 studies with us. This makes us the most research active Care Trust, noted in the NIHR annual league tables.
It is our goal to make sure as many people as possible who use Solent's services have the opportunity to take part in research. In order to achieve this, we aim to increase the number of research projects we deliver each year, as well as increasing the spread of these research opportunities across our many and varied services. Between 2016 and 2017, we increased research activity by 55%.
We also want to make sure there is no delay in local patients being offered the opportunity to take part. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published guidance to ensure the timeliness of the set up process for clinical research called 'Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research' (PID).This performance only applies to ‘clinical trials’ – that is research where there is some sort of treatment or intervention. This does not cover all of the research that we do.
There are two measures:
- How quickly we can get started and recruit a participant into the trial – this is called ‘Performance in Initiating’ research.
- How well we run those trials that are funded and sponsored by commercial organisations – for these, they measure ‘Performance in Delivery’.
A summary of how we are doing, and the report submitted to the NIHR in regard to these metrics is given in the attached spreadsheet. Please note, we are not currently delivering any trials that are funded and sponsored by commercial organisations.