Key statistics


The NIHR Clinical Research Network is funded by the Department of Health to deliver a portfolio of high-quality clinical research in the NHS in England. Here are the key statistics for 2014/15.

OVER 3 MILLION PARTICIPANTS IN 5 YEARS
More than 618,000 people participated in clinical research studies last year. This means that over the last five years more than three million people have had the opportunity to participate in research supported by the Network.

Nearly 35,000 participants were recruited to studies sponsored by the life sciences industry last year. This increased by 35 per cent in just one year, with more than 100,000 people participating in commercial contract research over the last five years.

IMPROVED STUDY SET-UP AND DELIVERY
The Network is supporting studies to set up more rapidly, with 83 per cent of studies now receiving NHS permission within 40 days at all sites. The median number of days to achieve NHS Permission is now
20 calendar days.

The Network continues to demonstrate that the UK is internationally competitive in speed of study set-up by recruiting global first patients into multiple studies.

The Network has more than doubled the proportion of all clinical studies delivered to time and recruitment target since 2010-11.

INCREASED INVESTMENT IN NHS CLINICAL RESEARCH
The number of new studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network continues to grow, with the most significant increase in new studies sponsored by the life sciences industry.

In 2014-15 the Network supported delivery of 1,869 new studies with 623 of these from the life sciences industry. This is an average annual increase in new commercial contract studies of 18 per cent.

NHS ENGAGEMENT
Last year 98 per cent of NHS Trusts and 41 per cent of General Medical Practices were actively engaged in clinical research. In addition, 78 per cent of NHS Trusts were supporting patient opportunities to participate in commercial contract research.

INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN DEMENTIA RESEARCH
The Network continues to support the Government’s Dementia Challenge and in 2014-15 supported nearly 21,500 people to participate in clinical research associated with dementias and neurodegeneration.