RCPCH Trainee Research Network

The Trainee Research Network (TRN) facilitates 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.


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.

Regional networks

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

Network members

Member Region
Dr Eva Wooding (Co-chair of TRN) South West England - Peninsula
Dr Aarti Mistry East Midlands
Dr Rachana Varma East of England (Co-chair)
Dr Jonathon Holland East of England (Co-chair)
Dr Michelle D'Souza London (Co-chair)
Dr Eva Loucaides London (Co-chair)
Dr Kathryn Wilson Northern Ireland
Dr Frances Callaghan North West England - Mersey
Dr Chris Worth North West England - Manchester
Dr Christopher Course (co-opted) Wales
Dr Tim van Hasselt West Midlands
Dr Dyanne Ifeoma Imo-Ivoke Yorkshire and Humber


If you have any queries about this network, contact the Research & Evidence team at research@rcpch.ac.uk 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