Hilary Fanning

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Hilary is Director of Research Development and Innovation at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), where she manages the Trust’s research funding portfolio and oversees a department of approximately 150 staff. Her department supports the full spectrum of research at UHB, including research grant preparation for submission for funding though to delivery of clinical and medical devices trials.

Hilary is a member of the Birmingham Health Partners (a formal collaboration between UHB, the University of Birmingham, and Birmingham Children’s Hospital) Executive. Her BHP executive role includes senior operational responsibility for developing and driving forward the research strategy of BHP, and the design and delivery of Birmingham’s Institute of Translational Medicine (a £24m project with funding support from central UK government).

Hilary qualified as a registered nurse in 1985, going on to specialise in renal nursing. She has worked in both the public and private health sectors in the UK and Ireland. Hilary moved to UHBFT in 2001 from St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, where she held a joint Senior Lecturer Practitioner post with Thames Valley University. Prior to taking up her current post, she has provided senior operational leadership for a number of key Trust projects including reconfiguration of surgical services, introduction of “hospital at night”, electronic medical records for outpatients design and delivery and whole-site redesign of clinical services in preparation for the move to UHB’s new £545m hospital.