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UK trainee-led paediatric governance collaboratives: improving the lives of both trainees and children
  1. Helen McDermott1,
  2. Hannah Vawda1,
  3. Kate Christina Harvey1,
  4. Siwan Lloyd2,
  5. Christopher William Course2,
  6. Rebecca Broomfield2,
  7. Annabel Greenwood2,
  8. Timothy Mason3,
  9. Jeremy Kirk1,4,5
  1. 1 Paediatric Research Across the Midlands, Health Education West Midlands, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 WREN, Wales Deanery, UK
  3. 3 PenTRAIN, Health Education South West, Bristol, UK
  4. 4 Clinical Research Network, NIHR Clinical Director, West Midlands, UK
  5. 5 Consultant Endocrinologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Helen McDermott, Paediatric Research Across the Midlands, Health Education West Midlands, Birmingham.; helen.mcdermott{at}


Research is vital to paediatrics; however, many trainees feel there is a deficit in their opportunities, experience and exposure in this area. Three training regions in the UK, the West Midlands, Wales and Peninsula, have recently started region-wide, trainee-led research and governance collaboratives aimed at improving trainee access and education in research, undertaking good quality, multicentre audit, quality improvement and pilot projects in collaboration across the regions and implementing change. We report on the experiences, benefits and challenges of these trainee collaboratives (Paediatric Research Across the Midlands, Wales Research and Education Network and Peninsula Trainee Research Audit and Innovation Network) including a trainee survey looking at how these initiatives have improved skills in conducting multicentre prospective studies, team working skills, leadership, understanding of statistics and manuscripts and presentation skills. We also describe how collaboration with colleagues and participation in projects can benefit trainees in a wider sense of purpose and help to encourage morale, as well as what can be learnt as paediatric training moves forward.

  • audit
  • evidence based medicine
  • general paediatrics
  • neonatology
  • paediatric practice

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  • Contributors HM and KCH created initial idea; HM wrote for PRAM, coordinated and completed the article; CWC and SL wrote for WREN; TM wrote for PenTRAIN. HV, KCH, RB, AG and CWC reviewed drafts. JK kindly supervised and reviewed.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.