Setting up a Trainee Research Network: A 'How To' Guide

Following the success of several regional trainee-led research networks we have compiled some advice and guidance which we hope will be useful if you are looking to establish a network in your area.

We would like to thank Dr Tom Clarke from the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) and Dr Charlotte Small from the West Midlands Trainee Research in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Network (WM TRAIN) for providing answers to the questions below.


Regional Networks

Anaesthetic Audit & Research Matrix of Yorkshire: AARMY

Anaesthetic Audit & Research Network: ARNni


Intensive Care & Anaesthesia Research Network North East Trainees: INCARNNET

Mersey Anaesthesia Research and Quality Improvement: MARQ Collaborative


North West Research & Audit Group: NWRAG

Pan-London Perioperative Audit and Research Network: PLAN

South East Anaesthetic Research CHain: SEARCH


South Yorkshire Hospitals Audit & Research Collaborative: SHARC

Surrey Perioperative Anaesthesia Critical Care Collaborative Research Group: SPACeR Group


South Coast Perioperative Audit & Research Collaborative: SPARC

Severn Trainees Anaesthetic Research Group: STAR

South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix: SWARM

Welsh Anaesthetic Audit Research and Engagement Network: WAAREN

West Midlands Trainee Research in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Network: WM TRAIN

1. Why did you decide to set up a trainee-led research network?

2. What do you think are the advantages of having a local research network led by trainees instead of consultants?

3. If you have a written constitution, what areas does it cover?

4. How do you decide which projects the network investigates?

5. What methods or protocols do you have to manage multicentre studies?

6. How do you organise your research network? Do you have a committee and if so, how are roles assigned? How do you decide who presents or writes up the results of your research? Do you have any rules governing authorship of articles written from your research?

7. How do you ensure the research network continues even with the frequent hospital moves for trainees?

8. What have been your biggest successes to date?

9. Do members of the research network meet up frequently face-to-face or via digital media? Do you use any forms of social media to aid communication?

10. What input do you have from consultants?

11. What have been the biggest logistical or organisational problems you have faced since setting up the trainee network?

12. How does involvement in the network help fulfil RCoA training requirements?

13. How do you fund your research and the costs of the trainee research network? Have you been successful in applying for any grants?

14. Are there any other top tips you would like to share with other trainees interested in setting up research networks?