Research for Non-Academics - Navigating the Research Road - On Tuesday 21 November, 09:30 - 16:15 the College is hosting a new virtual event in collaboration with the TRN to deliver. It will be an exciting day of workshops covering multiple topics to support non-academic clinicians begin their research career.
Academic toolkit - This resource includes funding application checklists, tips on writing your PhD application and case studies from those already in research.
Research funding opportunities - We support and promote paediatric child health research in the UK and internationally. Search our database of current and upcoming opportunities for projects and posts.
Trainees participation in child health research: survey report - Results from the TRN survey of trainees, published in August 2023, highlight that only a minority of trainees are involved in research, and a small group have dedicated time for research. But also reported was a strong enthusiasm to participate and develop skills in research.
We support other trainee research networks across the UK, including:
- Cheshire and Merseyside Paediatric Trainee Research Network (ChaMP)
- Child Health East of England Research Initiative (CHEERI)
- Neonatal Trainee-led Research and Improvement Projects (NeoTRIPs)
- Northern Ireland Paediatric Education Audit and Research Network (NI PEAR)
- Paediatric Research Across the Midlands (PRAM)
- Paediatric Research in Manchester England (PRIME)
- Peninsula Trainees Research, Audit & Innovation Network (PenTRAIN)
- Research, Evaluation & Audit for Child Health (REACH Network London)
- Scottish Paediatric Researchers in Training (SPRINT)
- Severn Paediatric Audit Research and Quality Improvement (SPARQ)
- Welsh Research and Education Network (WREN)
|Dr Eva Wooding (Co-chair)||South West|
|Dr Christopher Course (Co-chair)||Wales|
|Dr Helen McDermott (Co-chair)||West Midlands|
|Dr Hannah Vawda (Co-chair)||West Midlands|
|Dr Thiloka Ratnaike||East of England|
|Dr Emily Cottrell||England|
|Dr Eva Loucaides||London|
|Dr Susan Wallace||London|
|Dr Julianne Sanner||Midlands|
|Dr Sunil Bhopal||North East and Yorkshire|
|Dr Aimee Donald||North West|
|Dr Frances Callaghan||North West|
|Dr Christopher Worth||North West|
|Dr Michelle D'Souza||South East England|
|Dr Maura Scott||Northern Ireland|
|Dr Fiona McQuaid||Scotland|
|Dr Olivia Swann||Scotland|
If you have any queries about this network, contact the Research & Evidence team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 0207 092 6000. For further information on the background and aims of the Network, please see the downloads below.
Background and aims
In 2018 we at 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, we also identified some worrying trends, 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 report's publication, we committed to a continued focus on developing child health research and supporting paediatricians at every career stage to build capability and capacity to carry out research.
- Aims of the network
Our trainee-led network supports trainees across the UK to undertake research, develop research skills and confidence to develop their own research ideas through guidance and peer support.
- 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