Building on the success of Research Reset
Date: 23 November 2023
Readers may recall that the Research Reset programme closed earlier this year, after the achievement of 80% of open studies delivering to time and target and a huge exercise to clean up the data on the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s (CRN) Portfolio. The NIHR thank everyone in the R&D community for their tremendous efforts in this achievement.
The NIHR CRN is now leading a transformative programme of work which will build on this success. It will bring together the people, systems and processes to further cement and evolve the ways of working with sponsors and their delegates.
The programme will focus upon two main areas: transforming the approach to NIHR CRN Portfolio Oversight and improving Start-up and Initiation services. There are several components to the programme of work, all which support the CRN to transition towards new ways of working as the Research Delivery Network. Over the coming months the NIHR CRN will be reaching out to our customers and key stakeholders asking them to help shape services to ensure that they add value and meet current needs.
One of the first outputs from the programme will be a new Sponsor Engagement Tool. This is being developed in collaboration with stakeholders to provide a more efficient and effective way for sponsors and delegates to provide regular assessments of study progress. This will enable Sponsors and their delegates to meet the requirements of the recently published Terms and Conditions for NIHR CRN support and ensure the data the NIHR CRN holds is up-to-date.
The tool will launch in the coming weeks along with bespoke materials to support understanding. Sponsors and delegates will be contacted directly to enable them to access it.
In parallel with this development, a significant piece of work is underway which will support the goal that by the end of 2023, no studies on the CRN Portfolio will be more than 90 days past their planned opening date. Achieving this goal will help ensure that as many open studies will complete and read out on time and to target.
The NIHR CRN would very much appreciate your support and involvement in this whole programme of work and will be coming to you soon to seek your advice and engagement. Please look out for further updates which will be shared over the coming months.