Birmingham Research Training Collaborative (BRTC)


The Birmingham Research Training Collaborative (BRTC) was established in January 2004 “to provide education and training for healthcare researchers in Birmingham”. BRTC has evolved over the years to address the needs of a growing and diverse clinical research workforce across the Birmingham region and has been cited as an example of best practice. The BRTC invites collaboration from all research active organisations and networks within the Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell  and Walsall geographic area. A Collaborator is an organisation within this region which commits to deliver and host BRTC training.


During 2015 the BRTC was brought under the CRN West Midlands Research Training Collaborative (WMRTC).  The purpose of the WMRTC is to ensure research staff and clinical teams supporting research can access high quality locally-provided training which is fit for purpose and meets local needs.  It aims to complement activities of other training collaboratives and training structures in the West Midlands, which together provide access to training region-wide and support the three NIHR CRN priority areas for organisational and workforce development:


·         Regulation and Safeguarding


·         Delivering Network Business


·         Specialty Specific/Responsive training



The BRTC is committed to developing the collaborative and ensuring our local researchers have access to good quality, accredited training. The membership of the group includes representation from research nursing, R&D Management, NIHR Networks, and trial management:

BRTC Operational Group Members BRTC Collaborators
Wilma van Riel (Chair)   University of Birmingham
Christine Burt   Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT
Brian Gammon   Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS T
Joanna Gray/ Annabel Grinbergs   NIHR/Wellcome Trust Birmingham CRF
Jayne Groves   Birmingham Women's & Children's Hospital NHS FT
Emily Linehan   NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands
Craig Pinner   The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT
Sarah Manney/ Sarah Pountain   University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT (Heartlands Hospital)
Razia Meer-Baloch/ Sara Brookes   CRUK Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham
Wara Mudunge/Angela Watts   The Dudley Group NHS FT
Lynne Savage   University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT (Queen Elizabeth Hospital)
Katie Williams   Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health FT
    Walsall Healthcare NHS T