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Did you know that the NIHR research recruitment activity upload process is changing? Soon, recruitment in EDGE will be used nationally as the source of research activity data. The Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula is committed to supporting our partners and stakeholders as this important change is introduced. Our Research Activity Readiness campaign will help you understand the process, make sure that you have all the information you need and prepare you for the Go Live date.

What is happening?

The way in which the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) learn about your research activity is changing.

Recruitment activity (consent, recruitment and failed screened data) that is uploaded to EDGE and confirmed by the study team will soon be used in near real time to capture recruitment activity by the NIHR. EDGE site level recruitment information will be sent to the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) on an over-nightly basis.

When is it happening?

As of yet, there is no set Go Live date. However, given the impact the change will have we strongly recommend that sites ensure the accurate recording of data on EDGE as soon as possible.

We will inform you as soon as we know the exact Go live date.

Why is this happening?

Currently research activity is provided directly by study teams to the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) on a monthly basis. This system is not in real time and prone to errors.

EDGE site level research activity will soon be available in near real time – providing up to date recruitment for numerous stakeholders.

It will improve the accuracy of data while reducing the need to cross-check information. In the future research activity data will be linked to payment of Excess Treatment Costs (ETC) and therefore it is important that it is accurate and up-to date.

This data will inform the future of research activity. The Government wants to facilitate the delivery of research to patients with the greatest health needs. Recording data at site level provides a more detailed view of the geographical spread of research activity and how it correlates to need.

What do I need to do now?

If you are involved in recruitment of research patients please ensure that you and your team are recording research activity onto EDGE in near ‘real-time’.

If you need refresher training on EDGE please contact the Business Intelligence Unit (contact details below).

If you are responsible for EDGE at your site please ensure that you use the LPMS Research Activity app on ODP to check that the variance (difference) between recruitment activity in CPMS and EDGE is close to zero in readiness for the ‘Go Live’ date.

Will every study be treated the same?

No. For certain study designs this process may pose a significant challenge, for example uploading research activity at a local level where consent and recruitment is managed centrally by the study team. These studies will be classified as ‘exception studies’ and will be treated differently as recruitment will be uploaded to CPMS by the study teams.

The CRN SWP variance data above shows differences in recruitment numbers between EDGE and CPMS. Our aim is to reduce the variance to the lowest possible rate to show that all sites are recording recruitment as accurately as possible. We will be regularly updating these numbers to show progress, and providing support where the variance rate remains high.

Further training material will become available from the NIHR and will be circulated once released.


Gayle Githens-Mazer (BIU Lead) –

Sally Parkes (Senior Information Manager ) –

Will Pynsent (EDGE Trainer) –

Dawn Crofts (NIHR EDGE Administrator) –

Tania Crabb (Primary Care EDGE Lead) -