The RM&G Managers
Under the guidance of the Lead RM&G Manager, the WM(S) CLRN RM&G Managers have a dual role. They are all responsible for overseeing the local implementation of NIHR initiatives and acting as a link to our member Trusts. They are also R&D Managers for a number of Trusts across the patch, and are therefore responsible for overseeing the Trust research strategy, reporting to R&D Committees and Trust Boards and ensuring that all research projects meet national governance standards.
Louise is a CLRN RM&G Manager, and R&D Manager for Primary Care across West Midlands South.
Amanda is a CLRN RM&G Manager, and R&D Manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust.
Kelly is a CLRN RM&G Manager, and R&D Manager for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.
Ruth is a CLRN RM&G Manager, and R&D Manager for George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.
Deputy RM&G Managers: Mike Salmon and Matthew Greenhill
Mike is responsible for managing and overseeing Performance and Quality within the team in order to support the CLRN to meet its targets in relation to RM&G. Matthew supports the appointed Specialty and Topic Group Leads to engage the wider clinical community in participation in NIHR Portfolio research, deliver studies to time and target and monitor performance.
Research Study Manager: Katie Williams
Katie is responsible for the delivery of the Coordinated Network Support Service, supporting Chief Investigators through the set up of locally led, multi-centre trials. Katie provides support to the R&D Facilitators during the study application and approvals process, helping to ensure that these are done within target.
Clinical Trials Coordinators: Claire Randall and Kirandeep Sunner
The Clinical Trials Coordinators work to implement and manage research study amendments and monitoring processes.Claire works closely with the RM&G team and Kiran supports the Centralised Nursing, Midwifery and AHP (CNMA) team.
Industry Assistant RM&G Project Manager: Lauren Thakrar
Lauren is part of the Commerical Team and supports the Industry Manager by delivering projects that aim to streamline processes, increase awareness and improve metrics. Her role also involves RM&G activities such as governance reviews, costing commercial research and reviewing amendments.
Assistant RM&G Project Manger: Sarah Sutton
Sarah is responsible for organising training and events, managing the Network Academy for Research Professionals and acting as CLRN Communications Officer.
The Facilitator Team
The team of Facilitators are all responsible for providing an effective and efficient research management and governance service for all Trusts across the patch, ensuring all studies are approved in a timely manner. They are first point of contact for researchers applying for approvals, providing R&D information and assistance with national systems such as IRAS and CSP where needed. In addition, each Facilitator is involved with a number of other CLRN projects as follows:
Industry R&D Faciltiator: Parmy Sandhu
Parmy works as part of the Commercial team, approving studies and working closely with Investigators and commercial companies during all stages of the governance process.
Lead R&D Facilitators: Rachel Davis and Lara Akerele
Rachel and Lara both work as part of the Coordinated Network Support Services Team approving Lead Network studies and providing support to the Investigators and their research teams.
Natassia Embury, Afia Sajid and Shelley Lapper
Natassia, Afia and Shelley all assist with the approval of studies from our Coventry Office.
Victoria Cupples and David Smith
Victoria and David both assist with the approval of studies from the Worcester Office.
Project Support Officers: Elizabeth Vassell and Joanna Sampson
Liz and Jo work alongside the Facilitator team providing an efficient post-approval study management service across the patch. They are responsible for processing study amendments and issuing Letters of Access and Honorary Research Contracts and provide administrative support for meeting and events.
Senior Administration Officer: Karen Johnson and Joan Bryce
Karen provides administrative support to the CLRN and is the first point of contact for course and event bookings.Joan is new to the team and will work closely with the Nurse Lead and Kiran, Clinical Studies Officer as well as providing administrative support to the CNMA team.
The CLRN team contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.