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CRN West Midlands

The CRN West Midlands provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality research to take place in our area, so that people can benefit from new and better care and treatments. We help to increase opportunities for people to take part in research, ensure that studies are carried out efficiently and provide researchers with the practical support they need to carry out their research.  

About Us

Below is a map of the counties covered by the CRN West Midlands.  These are:

  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • County of the West Midlands
  • Warwickshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire

Map of counties covered by the CRN West Midlands

We help to increase the opportunities for our local population to take part in health and social care research and ensure that studies are carried out efficiently and to a high standard. 

The CRN West Midlands (CRN WM)  is the largest of 15 local Networks across England with an economically and ethnically diverse population of around 5.67m. Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, the CRN WM makes sure that health and social care research occupies the place it deserves across the West Midlands locality, including hospitals and other settings such as care homes, hospices, prisons and schools

The Network provides researchers with the practical support they need to ensure the research successfully delivers its aims. 

For research that meets certain criteria we offer free of charge operational and practical support. This support includes : 

  • Advising researchers on how to make their study work in hospital and other settings
  • Making it easier to set up a study
  • Helping health and social care researchers to identify suitable sites and recruit patients to take part in studies
  • Funding the people and facilities needed to carry out research
  • Access to nationally and locally designed research-related training

The Network is hosted by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.  

Our Partners

 Contact Us:

**Please Note: the majority of staff are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic so please contact us via email in the first instance as office phones are unlikely to be answered.**

Senior Management Team

Clinical Director - Professor Matthew Brookes

Chief Operating Officer - Pauline Boyle

Deputy Clinical Directors:

Dr David Shukla

Professor Chris Imray

Deputy Chief Operating Officers:

Carly Craddock

Julie Davis

To contact our Research Delivery Managers, Clinical Research Leads and Research Specialty
Leads, please email for details.

Study Support

Study Support Services (for study enquiries, including queries about Excess Treatment Costs):

OR (Primary Care)

Tel: 0121 371 8558

CPMS, ODP or EDGE queries:

Industry Enquiries:

Tel: 0121 627 2843

New Portfolio  and Commercial Research Enquiries:


For information on the courses we run and to contact the Training Team, visit

General Enquiries (not study related):

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