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Health research firmly on the West Midlands map

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust send out the biggest congratulations to our Research and Innovation (R&I) Team who, alongside fourteen other clinical research networks, has helped the West Midlands become the highest recruiting region in the country for research.

According to new figures from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the last ten years the Clinical Research Network West Midlands, in which we are a part, has recruited 544,115 participants into high quality studies across the county - 64,278 of these in the last 12 months alone; making it the highest in the country.

The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS that delivers research through the support of 15 local Networks.

Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines, and investment in research means better, more cost-effective patient care. And with more than 3,000 different studies available in the West Midlands across 30 health specialties.

Jo Tomkins, Research & Innovation Manager, said: “This is really fantastic news for the Trust and for research as a whole. We are really proud to be a part of vital clinical research that can help introduce new and more effective treatments for the benefit of all patients.”


“On a personal level to see that we have more than doubled our recruitment target of patients getting involve in research from 128 participants to 273 is an incredible achievement and we thank all those staff and service users who have championed research and have encouraged or helped us accomplish this.”