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Research and Innovation

BSMHFT has a regional, national and international reputation for both research and innovation. The Trust enjoys strong academic links with a number of universities – including the University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, Aston University, Birmingham City University and King’s College London - and hosts both the NIHR Clinical Research Network: West Midlands mental health division (CRN West Midlands) and the West Midlands Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (WM-CLAHRC) mental health stream. We also lead and collaborate on key mental health programmes with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).  

How does innovation link to research?

When research projects are completed they often result in recommendations for new products or services to be implemented (e.g. new drug treatment or service such as memory assessment or early intervention). Any new product or service is an innovation. It is our responsibility to ensure that these new products and services are implemented as quickly as possible, especially those which are nationally endorsed, the Innovation Pipeline lays out this process. 

The relationship between research and innovation can also be reversed; with ideas for research projects arising from evaluating innovations that have been implemented. For example, research projects in relation to new interventions may begin with an innovation pilot to test the service/product in a particular setting, which could help researchers decide whether to go ahead and may support their application for research funding.

Please contact the Research and Innovation team with any queries. 


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