Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Research performance

We publish information on a quarterly basis summarising our performance in initiating and delivering clinical research.

Thermometer (image by cohdra http://mrg.bz/TSaFJf)

The Government’s ‘Plan for Growth’ introduced incentives for efficiency in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research in order to increase the ease and speed with which research can take place. As a research active Trust, Western Sussex Hospitals has an important part to play in NHS research.

As of 30 October 2014, Western Sussex Hospitals is required to make the following research performance information publicly available:

  • Performance in initiating clinical research – this benchmark assesses whether or not we have met the 70-day target for recruiting the first patient to a clinical trial from receipt of a valid research application. Data is supplied for any clinical trial receiving permission to start at Western Sussex Hospitals since 1 April 2014.
  • Performance in delivering clinical research – this metric assesses whether or not we have recruited the agreed number of research participants to a commercial clinical trial within the agreed time frame. Data is supplied for any commercial clinical trial active at Western Sussex Hospitals since 1 April 2014.

Both sets of performance information have to be submitted to the Department of Health on a quarterly basis and also published on our website.

The new HRA Approval system was fully implemented on 31st March 2016 and resulted in a major transformation to the national process of approving research taking place in the NHS. National research performance metrics have been updated in line with the new approval system; corresponding data from Q2 2016-17 onwards in the ‘performance in initiating clinical research’ reports below is now marked as ‘old metric’ or ‘new metric’ depending on the ‘submission type’ the data supports. Further information about the Department of Health’s research performance reporting requirements can be found here.

HRA approval and the corresponding changes in performance reporting have created a third category of ‘submission type’ which falls between the old and new approval systems.  NHS Organisations are not able to report performance data on the initiation of these studies to the Department of Health, however we have decided to publish the data on our wesbite.  We refer to this third submission type as ‘HRA Light’ and a separate section of reports can be found below starting from Q2 2016-17.

 


Performance in initiating clinical research

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Performance in initiating clinical research – HRA Light studies

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Performance in delivering clinical research

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Glossary of performance report terms

Initiating clinical research

Research Ethics Committee reference number – A unique reference given to each research study by the National Research Ethics Service

Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) number – A unique reference given to each research study when a national research approval application form is generated

Date of receipt of Valid Research Application (VRA) – The date Western Sussex Hospitals received a ‘valid’ application for a research study (old metric)

Date Site Invited – The date the Trust received a copy of the study protocol (the handbook of the study) (new metric)

Date Site Selected – The date the Trust received a full copy of the Local Information Pack (all the documents required to set up a research study) (new metric)

HRA Approval date – The date on which HRA Approval was given for the study (new metric)

Date Site Confirmed by Sponsor – The date of the first contract signature by the study organiser (new metric)

Date Site Confirmed – The date the Trust signed the study contract (new metric)

Date Site Ready to Start – The date the Trust is ready to start recruiting patients to a study (new metric)

Date of first patient recruited – The date the first Western Sussex Hospitals’ patient consented to take part in a study

Non-Confirmation Status – The reason the for not participating in a study (new metric)

Duration between VRA / Date site selected and first patient – The time in days between the date of receipt of a valid research application (old metric) or the date site selected (new metric) and the date the first patient consented to take part in a study

Benchmark met – Whether or not Western Sussex Hospitals met the 70 day target 

A-J – List of reasons why the benchmark has not been met

Delivering clinical research

Research Ethics Committee reference number – A unique reference given to each research study by the National Research Ethics Service

Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) number – A unique reference given to each research study when a national research approval application form is generated

Target number of patients agreed? – Confirmation as to whether a target number of patients to recruit had been agreed by the Trust and study organiser

Minimum number of patients agreed – The minimum number of patients Western Sussex Hospitals agreed to recruit to the study

Maximum number of patients agreed – The maximum number of patients Western Sussex Hospitals agreed to recruit to the study

Target date to recruit patients agreed? – Confirmation as to whether a target date to recruit patients by had been agreed by the Trust and study organiser

Date agreed to recruit target number of patients – The date by which Western Sussex Hospitals agreed to recruit the target number of patients

Total number of patients recruited at the agreed target date – The number of patients the Trust recruited by the agreed target date

Total number of study participants recruited – Total number of patients the Trust recruited

Date that trial closed to recruitment – The date the study stopped recruiting patients

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