RCPCH Trainee Paediatric Research Network

We're establishing this network to support trainees to undertake research. The network will facilitate collaborative working and support across existing trainee research networks, both regionally and nationally. 


In 2018 the RCPCH published the report, Turning the Tide: five years on, which highlighted some of the many positive developments in UK basic science and clinical research. However, some worrying trends were also identified, such as the decrease in academic paediatricians at senior lecturer grade, and the limited amount of time (often zero) that paediatricians of all grades have for research in their job plans, the inadequate representation of children’s interests in the UK life sciences industries strategy and few paediatricians on national research boards and committees. 

Following the publication of this report, the RCPCH committed to a continued focus on developing child health research, and support paediatricians at every career stage to build capability and capacity to carry out research. 

Aims of this network

  • Increase the visibility of existing trainee research networks 
  • Help the development of new trainee paediatric research networks in areas where they do not currently exist
  • Increase the opportunities for trainees to carry out research
  • Provide trainees with peer support and guidance to develop their own research ideas
  • Allow trainees to be a driving force behind recent strides in collaborative research 
  • Initiate and support research projects which paediatric trainees are able to participate in
  • Support trainees to develop research skills (eg statistics, ethical approval, writing research reports for publication, administrative support) and confidence in research 
  • Allow trainees in regions to come together to address local clinical questions as well as contributing towards large-scale NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) portfolio studies. 
  • Allow conception and conduction of pan-UK projects 

Project outputs

  • A dedicated central webspace for trainees engaging in the research network to access information, tools, training and peer support 
  • Regional research events
  • Academic Trainees Day held at the RCPCH (already established)


If you have any queries about this network, contact the Research Team at research@rcpch.ac.uk or by phone at 0207 092 6080 or 0207 092 6081.