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We are committed to improving care and that is why we conduct research across all of our hospitals, and offer the right support, training and management to make sure it is done well and safely.

Doctors and all other medical staff are encouraged to be actively involved in research. This simply means that as a Trust we are keen to explore and discover new and better ways of treating patients. We want you to receive the best and most up-to-date care – and the only way to achieve this safely is to test treatments before we use them.

What is Research?

In a nutshell, research is the way in which we look at care, understand how it might be better, and find the ways of improving it. We might try to understand how a different medicine might affect your care, or develop a new surgical technique. Often, to improve care we need to understand the illness itself better – finding out more about particular conditions is all part of research, too.

In this way, we can improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease alike.  We believe that hospitals active in research provide better care for patients.

Many of our doctors have links with the region’s biggest and best universities, giving them access to the best facilities and cleverest scientists possible. Research at our Trust is therefore led by world-renowned experts, and supported by world-class institutions.

Small Research Grants

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for small research grants. Small Research Grants are available to support research primarily in the following areas:

  • To obtain pilot data
  • Assess feasibility of research ideas, with the aim of securing additional funding for a main phase study
  • Collating and writing of research for publication

These awards, up to £5,000 in value and tenable for up to a maximum of 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from any of the above activity, as detailed in your application. Applications are invited for research projects which have a benefit to the patients who are situated in the Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals catchment area. Applications are welcomed from researchers external to the Heart of England NHS Foundation

For further information please contact Liz Adey. Head of Research at or 0121 424 1123 or Sarah Pountain, Research Portfolio Manager on or 0121 424 3631.

Please see guidance for further information. Please complete the application form to be returned to Danielle Mosen (

Research at the Trust

Research is core to the development of new techniques, treatments and therapies in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. This is supported by the Trust and all staff are encouraged to be actively involved in research. As a Trust we are involved in over 500 clinical research trials across many of the directorates. The Trust aim is to be able to offer our patients the opportunity to participate in clinical research. All research undertaken within the trust must be registered with the Trust R&D department.

The Research and Development (R&D) department are based in the Medical, Innovation, Research and Development Unit (MIDRU) at the Heartlands Hospital. There are research offices at Solihull Hospital (based in Netherwood House) and at Good Hope Hospital.

The role of the department is to:
  • support and facilitate researchers to undertake high quality research
  • promote research both internally and externally to the Trust
  • provide research governance to ensure adherence to local and national regulatory frameworks, protecting the interests of participants, researchers and the Trust
  • provide advice and support to researchers, at all stages of their research
  • provide advice, support, costing and expertise during the research grant application process
  • provide research training
  • disseminate research findings

Current research

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Insights for Care

The Trust is partnering with local healthcare providers as well as pharmaceutical and professional services companies to undertake world leading research using pseudonymised (non-identifiable) diabetes patient data so that we can:

  • Learn more about how diabetes develops.
  • Understand how diabetes patients use NHS services and how we can improve access to these services.
  • Identify ways in which we can deliver better quality care to improve health outcomes for patients.

Who is involved?

The project is a four-way partnership between:

  • The trust, who provide leadership to the project, as well as clinical input, academic oversight and technical support.
  • Local participating GPs, who also contribute with clinical input and leadership.
  • MSD, a pharmaceutical company, who is funding this project. Whilst it has no access to individual or identifiable data and any research questions it suggests must be approved by a joint governance board including a patient representative, MSD hopes that this project can build its understanding of diabetes disease treatment.
  • Monitor Deloitte, a professional services firm, who will provide project management, technological and analytics support.

Find out more?

To find out more, read the Insights for Care LEAFLET. You can also contact 0121 424 3808 where we will be pleased to answer any queries you may have.

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