The Research and Innovation team will be hosting a range of training and events in 2024.

Please keep checking back for updates.

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To register to hear about training and events, please email us here.



The Research and Innovation team hosted their first ever research event on Wednesday 17th January.

The event was attended by nearly 70 people… and considering it was our first event, the turnout was a huge shock to us.  We were so pleased with the great audience.

Marsha Foster (Chief Executive Officer) welcomed everyone, and showed her excitement for the day ahead. Marsha expressed how we need research to continually improve and ensure we are meeting the needs of the people we serve. Marsha handed over to Dr Jay Srinivas (Interim Chief Medical Officer) who echoed Marsha’s thoughts and during a coping exercise, established that we had a range of colleagues from across the Trust in attendance.

We are very grateful Marsha and Dr Jay for taking the time to attend our event and look forward to their continued support in the future.

Alongside a few comfort breaks and a very tasty free lunch, we covered presentations on:

  • An introduction to the R&I function at Black Country Healthcare
  • How to build research capacity
  • The role of the Principal Investigator
  • The future of National Institute for Health and Care Research Delivery
  • An introduction to the West Midlands Evidence Repository (WMER)
  • An example of a Service Evaluation
  • Embedding research in practice
  • The experience of a Staff Research Champion
  • Research recognitions and thanks

The R&I team would like to thank everyone for attending and engaging with the event. Thanks to our internal speakers, and our external speakers: Professor Saeed Farooq and Liz Glaves (Midlands Partnership), and Carly Craddock and Gwenllian Wynne-Jones (Clinical Research Network). We would also like to thank the University of Wolverhampton for hosting us in their Elite Centre of Manufacturing Skills building.

This isn’t the last you will be hearing from us… we will be hosting regular mini research events across the year. If you would like to register to hear about our events and upcoming training, please email us here.

Please see some interesting news articles below reporting research that is happening in the UK, or in particular in the West Midlands.


Research Events

We are planning a research event for mid-2023. Please keep an eye on this page and our social media pages for updates!



You can find research news on the NIHR website and you can filter for mental health research news only.


Be Part of Research - now on the NHS App
Be Part of Research, the online service that makes it easy for people to find and take part in health and care research, is now available through the NHS App in England. 

On the Be Part of Research website, you can search for what trials and studies are taking place for particular health conditions you are interested in, at locations that are easy for you to get to.  Read more here.


The Future of Healthcare Research - podcast series
You can listen to research active clinicians explore the biggest research challenges facing healthcare on the NIHR podcast channel. In the episode titled ‘The future of research: a modern workforce’ you can hear how to get more health professionals leading and performing research. You can find all episodes on the NIHR podcast channel.


BBC News - Magic-mushroom drug can treat severe depression, trial suggests

A trial looking at a compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms (psilocybin) has been found to improve the symptoms of severe depression for up to 12 weeks. Larger controlled studies are required but you can find out more here.