Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

Capability and Capacity

The Government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. The aim is to increase the number of patients participating in research and to enhance the nation's attractiveness as a host for research.

As such Sheffield Teaching Hospitals produces quarterly reports to the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility on its performance against two key metrics:

1. Recruitment of the first patient onto a clinical trial within 70 days of receipt of a valid research application to the Trust - Performance in Initiating.

2. Recruitment of target number of patients to a clinical trial within the recruitment period agreed with the Sponsor - Performance in Delivery.

Our latest submissions to the NIHR can be viewed at the following  link:


Operating Capability Statement

The Department of Health expects NHS organisations to publish an operational capability statement (OCS). NHS organisations that do so make a clear statement about what they are able to do to host or sponsor health research. Sponsors and researchers can see and use the information to inform and speed up decisions about where to carry out research.

Operating Capability Statement