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Performance reporting

Since 2010, more than 6,000 people have participated in research with Dorset HealthCare. More recently, in 2020-21, 1,635 people took part in research across 11 studies.  Our aim is to make sure as many people as possible who use Dorset HealthCare’s services have the opportunity to participate if they wish. 

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) measures the performance of all providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical trials on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The government uses this information to ensure that clinical research in England is conducted efficiently and effectively.  The NIHR collects data from all providers of NHS services in England that undertake clinical research, including Trusts that undertake NIHR-funded research and those that deliver studies on the CRN portfolio. This is known as the Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID) exercise. 

The Trust’s clinical trial performance is measured against two national benchmarks:

  1. the time it takes to get started and recruit the first participant into the trial – known as ‘performance in initiating’ research
  2. trials funded and sponsored by commercial organisations are monitored to see how well they are run – known as ‘performance in delivery’ research.

The Trust is required to submit quarterly performance reports to the Department of Health against the above benchmarks and also make these reports available to the public.

Click here to view the most recent reports

PPI (Patient and Public Involvement) resources for applicants to NIHR research programmes | NIHR

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Patients, carers and the public | NIHR

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