We’re launching a new campaign to encourage you to record your research to time and target on EDGE. Check back regularly for updates, information, and workshop and drop-in session dates!
We have pop-up stands on the following dates:
- L’Eat restaurant, Leicester Royal Infirmary – Tuesday 23 October, 12-2pm
- Main reception, Glenfield – Friday 21 December, 12-2pm
- L’Eat restaurant, General – date in February TBC
Come and say hello, bring your EDGE and other research questions and collect some free goodies!
What is EDGE?
EDGE is a cloud-based research management system that the Trust uses to gather and organise all information about clinical trials and studies that take place at Leicester’s Hospitals.
What is Time and Target?
You may have heard of the ’70-day time and target’ benchmark set out by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). This benchmark has been removed as of 1 April 2018. However, researchers are still expected to start their study as soon as possible after Trust approval is issued and recruit the first participant shortly thereafter for all clinical trials. You must record your first participant swiftly on EDGE.
It is likely that the DHSC will set new benchmarks for initiating studies and recruiting patients in the coming months. Please check this website for updates and look out for emails and newsletters from the R&I team on this subject.
Why is EDGE data so important?
Data is integral to research, not an add-on or after-thought. It provides quality assurance, an audit trail, lines of accountability, and much more. Fundamentally, it shows what we have agreed to do and how we are performing against those targets.
Data taken from EDGE is used to inform how much funding Leicester receives from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). If the data is under-reported, our funding levels may be reduced, which may limit how much research the Trust can carry out in the future.
Correctly completing EDGE positively impacts on the funding we receive for research. The more funding we receive, the more research we can conduct and the more our patients will benefit.
In addition, our reputation and ability to attract commercial studies depends on how successfully we can carry out research to time and target. Data reported on EDGE is the metric used to determine how well we can fulfil our obligations to commercial and non-commercial funders.
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If you are from another NHS Trust and would like to find out how Leicester uses EDGE to create a paperless research office, we are running a one-day workshop on 29 November. Click here for more details and to book.