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 Members                                                    BRTC Collaborators




Elizabeth Adey (Co-Chair) / Linda Webber

Heart of England NHS FT

Wilma van Riel (Co Chair)

University of Birmingham

Dr Sarah Bowden

Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham

Jayne Groves        

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS FT

Helen Cox/ Annabel Grinbergs Wellcome Trust Birmingham CRF, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT
Linda Everard/ Katie Williams Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health FT
Brian Gammon Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS T

Dr Margaret Grant   

Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham

Joanna Gray  

NIHR/Wellcome Trust Birmingham Clinical Research Facility

Kelly Hard

Birmingham Women’s NHS FT                      

Maggie Hope

NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands

Emily Linehan

NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands

Razia Meer-Baloch

BCTU, University of Birmingham

Lynne Savage

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT

Lynda Wagstaff

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT