West Midlands North Research Training Collaborative (WMNRTC)

The collaborative model was rolled out across the West Midlands and in March 2016, the West Midlands North Research Training Collaborative (WMNRTC) was formed.  The WMNRTC aims to support reciprocal access to training for the research workforce across the locality and provide a forum whereby collaborating organisations can share best practice, pool learning resources and promote local initiatives in partnership with the network.

The collaborative comes under the Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands Research Training Collaborative (WMRTC), which ensures 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 WMNRTC invites collaboration from all research active organisations within the geographical areas encompassing Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and Shropshire.   A Collaborator is an organisation which commits to deliver or host or support WMNRTC training.

The WMNRTC 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


WMNRTC Operational Group Members WMNRTC Collaborators
Joanne Sawyer (Chair)   Black Country Partnership NHS FT
Frances Davies   Midlands Partnership NHS T
Alison Hardwick-Hazelgren   The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS T
Emily Linehan   NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands
Kerri Mason   North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS T
Helen Moore   Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Mandy Oakley   Primary Care, CRN West Midlands
Jill Stacey   University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS T
Julie Steen   The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic NHS FT
    Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership T
    Keele University