Research and innovation clinical quality indicators

Find out how we are doing in research and innovation using the links below. More information on how we choose our indicators can be found by clicking on the link on the right hand side.

 

Recruitment into research studies

The research study recruitment clinical quality indicator looks at the number of patients receiving NHS services provided or subcontracted by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust recruited per year to participate in ethics committee approved research.

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Rationale

Research is a core part of the NHS, enabling us to improve the current and future health of the people we serve. Enrolment into clinical trials is central to developing better clinical standards and quality of care for patients.

Our objectives

To recruit all eligible and interested patients, where clinically appropriate, into research studies, benchmarking the numbers recruited against other trusts in our National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (North Thames).

Current performance

3081 patients of the Royal Free London were recruited into ethically-approved research between April 2014 and March 2015.

 

Speed of research study approval

The speed of research study approval clinical quality indicator looks at the percentage of research studies, including clinical trials, which are approved within 40 days of submission to the research office.

Rationale

There is evidence that patients benefit from participation in research studies. The speed with which studies are approved reflects the efficiency of our research office, supports investigators and encourages sponsors (such as the pharmaceutical industry) to support studies at the Royal Free.

Our objectives

Our basic goal is to approve 50% of studies within 40 days. Our measure of excellence is approval of 70% within 40 days. These goals are currently not externally benchmarked but have been approved by the Royal Free Research Committee.

Current performance

For the period April 2013 – March 2014, 77% of research studies, including clinical trials, were approved within 40 days of submission to the research office. We therefore met both our basic goal and our measure of excellence.

 

Staff publications

The staff publications clinical quality indicator looks at the number of academic papers published by hospital-based staff at the Royal Free per year.

Rationale

Publishing research, review articles and books improves the quality of care we offer to patients at the Royal Free and contributes to wider health improvement. The number of times a paper is cited in other papers reflects the impact of articles on other researchers and its contribution to the existing evidence-base.

Our objectives

Our minimum aim is to be within the top 50% of NHS trusts in the latest RAND Europe ranking. Our measure of excellence is to be in the top 10% of NHS trusts.

Current performance

Royal Free staff were associated with 823 publications in 2013. The Royal Free ranked 2nd of all NHS Trusts in England, producing the most highly cited publications worldwide in the 2011 RAND Europe analysis. Between 2002 and 2006, a total of 953 highly-cited publications were credited to authors at the Royal Free. The RAND analyses examine a 5 year period of publication, and related citations over the subsequent 4 years.

Source: Web of Science: Jan - Dec 2013 (excluding abstracts, letters, books, biographies, meetings, news, unspecified entries)