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 such as CSP and Research Passports, leading on internal strategies such as Patient & Public Involvement (PPI), organising events such as away days and conferences, 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, Trust Boards and the DoH, and ensuring that all research projects meet national governance standards.
Kelly is a CLRN RM&G Manager, and R&D Manager for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.
Louise is a CLRN RM&G Manager, and R&D Manager for Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT), Worcestershire PCT and NHS Warwickshire.
Amanda is a CLRN RM&G Manager, and R&D Manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust and Hereford PCT.
Deputy RM&G Manager: Ruth Lambley-Burke
Ruth is responsible for research management and governance within several NHS organisations for which the CLRN provides R&D management services. She works closely with the RM&G Managers and Lead RM&G Manager to ensure that national governance initiatives are implemented successfully in the WM (South) region, and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of non-clinical projects.
Ruth is also Acting CLRN RM&G Manager for George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.
Research Study Manager: James Uwalaka
James has responsibility for monitoring and supporting of the R&D Facilitators during the study application and approvals process, helping to ensure that these are done within target.
Assistant RM&G Project Manager: Neil Glendinning
Neil's role entails a variety of responsibilities including undertaking the NHS review of research projects and managing the systems that facilitate this process. This includes managing the smooth day-to-day operation of the national Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (CSP). Neil also supports Pat Ryan, Information Manager, in the creation of recruitment reports based on the figures for the CLRN.
Assistant RM&G Project Manager: Katie Williams
Katie is responsible for supporting the Lead RM&G Manager with the implementation of national policies and guidelines, in particular taking an active role on the Research Passport Scheme and the Lead Network Scheme, supporting Chief Investigators through the set up of locally led, multi-centre trials. Katie also provides trains both the RM&G team and external researchers on issues pertaining to research governance.
Assistant RM&G Project Manger: Sarah Sutton
Sarah is primarily responsible for organising WM(S) CLRN training and events such as Good Clinical Practice workshops and the Annual Conference. She manages the Network Academy for Research Professionals and associated initiatives such as the Mentoring Programme. Sarah acts as Communications Officer for WM(S) CLRN, manages the CLRN Administrative Team and ensures all individuals within our member organisations have access to relevant research and development information as soon as it becomes available.
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:
Mariam supports Katie Williams with the approval of Lead Network studies.
Rachel assists with the approval of studies from the Coventry Office.
Natassia is new to the team and will also be assisting with the approval of studies from the Coventry Office.
Gemma is also new to the team and will be assisting with the approval of studies from the Worcester Office.
Neela provides administrative support for the Research and Development Committee Meetings in Worcestershire and Hereford.
Rebecca provides administrative support for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trusts Research and Development Committee and Trust Research Executive Team Meeting.
Mark supports Emma Thompson with the approval of commerical studies.
Project Support Officer: Shelley Lapper
The Project Support Officer 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 Officers: Karen Johnson and Dinithi Perera
Karen provides administrative support to the CLRN and is the first point of contact for course and event bookings. Dinithi provides administrative support to the Centralised Nursing, Midwifery and AHP team.
The CLRN team contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.