CRN North Thames funding model 2021/22
The NIHR is directly funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
CRN North Thames, which is part of the NIHR, received just over £30m in 2021/22 as part of this funding.
Last year (2020/21), the CRN North Thames Executive Group approved a performance-based funding allocation model proposed by the Funding Allocation Working Group. The model was based on 80% historic funding allocations and 20% performance measures. The performance measures were 15% Value For Money (VFM) and 5% Recruitment Time to Target (RTT). Due to the pressures caused by COVID-19 on our NHS trusts, the CRN North Thames leadership team felt it was appropriate to keep these principles of the funding allocation model for 2021/22.
The national ranking for VFM shows that CRN North Thames, by comparison with other Local Clinical Research Networks, has been consistently in the bottom quarter. It was important for the leadership team to address this and, after consultation with the CRN Coordinating Centre and having secured the agreement of the CRN North Thames Executive Group, the proportion of the VFM performance measure was increased from 15% to 40%. This enabled the network to achieve the following:
- recognise and reward those trusts that have a lower cost per weighted recruit i.e. more efficient use of CRN funding;
- promote the importance of VFM performance element.
To provide stability for our Partner Organisations, it was agreed that no changes would be made to the Collar (max decrease) and the Cap (max increase), which would stay at -10% and +20% respectively.
This year's allocation from the DHSC has increased by £1.7m to £30.2m (+6.1%), by comparison to 2020/21. As this increase was announced too late for the network to incorporate the additional funding into the funding allocation model, this was reported as contingency and will be allocated in Quarter 1, with a small contingency held back for new business cases in Quarter 2.
|20/21 Budget (Excluding non recurring funding) (£s)||29,450,612|
|Increase from DHSC||1,745,085|
|21/22 Budget||30,195,697 (6.1% increase)|
|CRN NT Funding allocation 2021/22||£'s|
|Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust||832,198|
|Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust||223,333|
|Barts Health NHS Trust (Delivery)||5,744,345|
|Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust||556,422|
|Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (North Thames)||698,979|
|East London NHS Foundation Trust 320,544Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust||425,915|
|Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust||1,575,016|
|Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust||64,986|
|Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust||584,981|
|Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust||2,487,731|
|Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust||688,171|
|North East London NHS Foundation Trust||665,751|
|North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust||369,904|
|The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust||392,631|
|Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust||2,422,658|
|Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust 208,751||208,751|
|Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust||59,028|
|University College London||32,000|
|University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||5,427,666|
|West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust||459,845|
|Whittington Health NHS Trust||392,482|
|Primary Care - London||779,120|
|Primary Care - LEH||160,430|
|Primary Care Total||939,550|
|Barts Health NHS Trust (Host)||2,889,909|