Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre

An exciting new collaboration between Birmingham City University (BCU) and the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF), a charity of international repute, has resulted in the creation of The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre at BCU. The new Centre’s name recognises the pioneering work of consultant paediatrician Dr Elizabeth Bryan, founder of the MBF and former President of the International Society for Twins Studies. It is jointly led by Jane Denton (Director of the MBF) and Dr. Merryl Harvey (Reader in Nursing at BCU).

The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre will lead to:

  • The development of high quality, evidence-based education and training programmes for health care and allied professionals.
  • The establishment of a dedicated research programme which will provide an evidence base for practice. This will also be a resource for international researchers, service providers, key stake-holders, service users and the wider public.
  • The creation of an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the West Midlands for the care of multiple birth families.

The collaboration between BCU and the MBF collaboration will:

  • Meet the aims of the Birmingham City University Strategic Plan 2020 and complies with the University’s Core Values; particularly those of ‘excellence’, being ‘people focused’ and ‘partnership working.’
  • Draw on current skills, expertise, reputation and experience within both BCU and MBF.
  • Establish a unique research centre which will build on the current very limited evidence base regarding the needs of multiple births.
  • Establish standards and benchmarks for health care and allied professionals’ education, training and professional development.
  • Address the MBF’s key aim to provide specialist education for health care and allied professionals.
  • Facilitate the commissioning of high quality, cost effective services. The work of the Centre will ensure that care providers are equipped to deliver these services locally, nationally and internationally.   
  • Influence UK-wide national policy and services.
  • Strengthen links with third sector organisation and local government within the West Midlands.
  • Ultimately and most importantly it will support the provision of the best possible care for babies, children, parents and their families. Within the West Midlands, nationally and internationally.    

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