Joint Research Office

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The Joint Research Office brings together University and NHS research support functions to facilitate applied and translational health research.

Our aims are to:

      • Increase research quality and activity
      • Simplify research processes in the NHS and the University
      • Maximise research income and patient recruitment to clinical studies
      • Support the submission of high quality grant applications through enhanced University/NHS collaboration
      • Increase the emphasis on applied translational health research
      • Increase engagement between NHS clinical staff and university academics, to broaden the research base in the conduct of high quality research
      • Collaborate with the Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) to improve patient and the public recruitment to clinical studies
      • Support clinical academic training
      • Improve joint research governance processes and oversight of collaborative research

NEW – download our Guidelines for the Development of a UoB Clinical Trials Unit trial with a Birmingham Health Partners NHS Trust. These guidelines have been developed to facilitate the efficient development of clinical trials that are led by a UoB Clinical Trials Unit and have a Birmingham Health Partner NHS Trust as a lead clinical site. The aim of the guidelines are to reduce delays that can be encountered when determining the costings required for a clinical trial grant submission and ultimately be able to deliver the trial within the NHS.


Joanne Plumb, Head of R&D Operations
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Wilma van Riel, Head of Research and Knowledge Transfer
College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham

Elizabeth Adey, Head of R&D
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust