UHB has established strong relationships with non-commercial organisations committed to clinical research. These organisations include universities, government bodies and funding bodies, all of which contribute to our ability to carry out cutting-edge research.
University of Birmingham
The hospital’s relationship with the University of Birmingham is underpinned by Birmingham Health Partners, creating a powerful force to enable patients to benefit from new therapies delivered by expert clinicians working alongside world-leading clinical trials teams.
The two organisations are also connected through a number of other joint ventures.
The NIHR Surgical Reconstrion and Microbiology Research Centre is a national centre for trauma research, taking discoveries from the military frontline to improve outcomes for all patients. University researchers are heavily involved in all aspects of the centre’s three research themes.
The NIHR Liver Biomedical Research Unit is also a close collaboration between the two organisations, forming one of the world’s leading research facilities into liver disease.
Birmingham Tissue Repository
The Trust is working with the University of Birmingham has developed a Human Biomaterials Resource Centre. The centre collects and stores quality-assured human tissue for use in biomedical research.
It supports the specific needs of research teams, but tissue is also made available to other biomedical UK research groups, including those in the commercial sector.
The centre is much more than a tissue store; it is able to process tissue so it is research ready. The tissue collection is tailored to suit the needs of researchers and the key research themes across the hospital and the university, meaning the centre is one of the first tissue banks to house such a broad cross-section of tissue types. Tissue samples are ethically approved beforehand and will save researchers the time they would normally spend on obtaining consent.
Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit
The Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) is a Research Unit within the University of Birmingham’s College of Medical and Dental Sciences specialising in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials.
The BCTU provides the scientific, technical and computing expertise needed to support clinical trial research from conception through to completion.
The unit provides an open access consultancy service covering all aspects of trial design, management and analysis. We offer investigators help to work up their ideas or pilot studies and help with literature searches, as well as advice from an expert multi-disciplinary team on the best clinical trial methodology.
Ministry of Defence
The Ministry of Defence is the government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy, and has a close working relationship with the NHS to treat injured military personnel and develop new medical technologies.
Since 2001 the Ministry of Defence’s Royal Centre for Defence Medicine has been based at University Hospitals Birmingham, first at Selly Oak Hospital and now at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. This partnership between military and civilian health professionals has saved many lives and led to the development of new techniques for treating trauma patients.
The Ministry of Defence is contributing £10m over ten years to the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre.
Royal Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
The RCDM was formally opened at Selly Oak Hospital on 2 April 2001 by HRH the Princess Royal and given approval by The Queen that the title “Royal” may be applied to the centre from 1 April 2002.
RCDM’s primary function is to provide medical support to military operational deployments, while it also provides secondary and specialist care for members of the armed forces. It is a dedicated training centre for defence medical personnel and a focus for medical research.
The RCDM is a tri-service establishment, meaning there are personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. The military staff wear their own distinctive uniforms, although some wear a generic green uniform, with rank insignia, depending on the area in which they work.
The goal of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting cutting-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.
The reputation of the NHS for international excellence is growing as it gains recognition for being the preferred host for collaborative and multi-centred research in the public interest in partnership with and for industry. This will benefit patients, society, the NHS and all our stakeholders.
The NIHR works with key partners involved in the different elements of NHS research.
Medical Research Council (MRC)
The MRC is an independent, government-funded organistaion set up to improve human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, MRC supports research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. It works closely with the NHS and the UK Health Departments, giving a high priority to research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.