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For researchers

A research study must be given Trust approval before it can be carried out to assure that it conforms to high clinical, ethical and governance standards. The Research & Development department provides a comprehensive service to professionals from both a clinical and academic setting who wants to conduct a research study within the Trust. We are here to provide you with help and advice to ensure the smooth setup and effective delivery of a research study. If you have a proposal for a research study you can approach the department in the following ways who will be able to advise you further:

In person: We are based on 1st Floor, North Wing, Russells Hall Hospital

By telephone: Via the main switchboard 01384 45611 ext. 1024

By email:

Locally we have highly motivated and experienced senior consultants ‘research leads’ within the following clinical services:

• Cardiology
• Stroke
• Accident and Emergency
• Critical Care
• Neurology
• Diabetes
• Sexual Health
• Gastroenterology
• Surgery
• Ophthalmology
• Rheumatology
• Dermatology
• Oncology
• Haematology
• Obstetrics
• Paediatrics

Research in the wider West Midlands Region

Recently, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has merged 3 local Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) into one large West Midlands CRN (WMCRN). Across the West Midlands the NEW CRN will enhance collaboration and partnership across 30 West Midlands NHS Trust. The Trust is committed to working with other NHS Trust’s, Industry, Charities and Academic institutions to ensure that patients of the Dudley Group are at the forefront of new research opportunities.

The WMLCRN includes the following NHS Trusts:-

• Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
• Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
• Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
• Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
• Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
• Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
• George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
• Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
• Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
• North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
• Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
• Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
• Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
• South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
• South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
• Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust
• The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
• The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
• University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
• University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
• University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
• Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
• West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
• Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
• Worcester Healthcare and Care NHS Trust
• Wye Valley NHS Trust