The Clinical Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS, set up to support research to make patients, and the NHS better.   The CRN West Midlands is the largest of the 15 local networks across England with an economically and ethnically diverse population of around 5.67m.

The Network is funded by the Department of Health.  It makes sure that clinical research occupies the place it deserves in the day-to-day work of the NHS across the West Midlands locality, including Trusts, primary care organisations and any other qualified providers of NHS services. 




We help to increase opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensure that studies are carried out efficiently, and support the Government’s strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for clinical research (including commercial) in the NHS in the West Midlands. 

We provide researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS, so that more research takes place across the region ad more patients can take part.

We are committed to supporting the development and retention of the clinical research workforce in order to promote the highest standards of research delivery within our region. 

The CRN West Midlands Workforce Development Team coordinate the provision of nationally and locally designed research-related training topics and ensure training is freely available to all staff who contribute to NIHR Portfolio studies within the West Midlands.  The training is delivered on a reciprocal basis within our member organisations which participate in locality-based Research Training Collaboratives.  These Collaboratives work together to host, deliver, develop and share learning resources across the region to meet needs of staff from a diverse range of research settings, specialties and disciplines.