RCPCH Trainee Research Network

Are you a paediatric trainee interested in research? The RCPCH has launched a Trainee Research Network to support trainees across the UK to undertake research.

The Trainee Research Network will facilitate collaborative working and support across existing trainee research networks, both regionally and nationally. It aims to increase the opportunities for trainees to carry out child health research, and provide peer support and guidance.


In 2018 we at 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 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 

Trainee Research Survey

The Trainee Research Network will be launching a survey at the RCPCH Annual Conference to identify opportunities and barriers to doing research in training, and to determine how we as a College can better support all trainees in this area.

We invite all UK trainees, regardless of whether or not you are currently involved in research, to complete our 5-minute survey.

For more information and to complete the survey, visit our Trainee Research Survey page.

Resources and opportunities

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.


We support other trainee research networks across the UK, including: 

Network members

Task & Finish Group Co-Chairs

  • Dr Eva Wooding - South West
  • Dr Hannah Vawda - West Midlands
  • Dr Helen McDermott - West Midlands
  • Dr Christopher Course - Wales

Task & Finish Group Members

  • Dr Emily Cottrell - England
  • Dr Thiloka Ratnaike - East of England
  • Dr Rebecca Unsworth - London
  • Dr Susan Wallace - London
  • Dr Julianne Sanner - Midlands
  • Dr Sunil Bhopal - North East and Yorkshire
  • Dr Aisling Flinn - North East and Yorkshire
  • Dr Aimee Donald - North West
  • Dr Frances Callaghan - North West
  • Dr Christopher Worth - North West
  • Dr Romanie Hannah - South East
  • Dr Maya Kohli-Lynch - South West
  • Dr Olivia Swann - Scotland
  • Dr Fiona McQuaid - Scotland
  • Dr Maura Scott - Northern Ireland


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