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Child health research is considered essential to paediatric training. However, due to service provision demands and workforce planning, research capacity within paediatric consultant contracts is declining.1 This affects paediatric trainees who perceive lack of leadership in this domain.2 Considering these concerns, in 2021, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) established the Trainee Research Network (TRN) to support regional research. To broadly evaluate trainee participation in research as a marker of future UK research capacity, we conducted a national survey of trainees’ experiences to help identify the breadth of research involvement and to identify barriers and facilitators to participation.
The survey was designed by the RCPCH TRN. It was disseminated to all UK trainees electronically. Categorical data are described. Free-text responses to addressing motivators and barriers to research involvement were qualitatively analysed using line-by-line coding and thematic …
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Collaborators RCPCH Trainee Research Network Working Group: analysis of data and writing of article—Emily Cottrell, Christopher Course, Helen McDermott, Fiona McQuaid, Lucy Plumb, Thiloka Ratnaike, Eva Wooding. Data analysis—Sarah Blakey, Hannah Vawda. Qualitative data analysis—Lucy Plumb, Eva Wooding. Review of survey questions and final review—Frances Callaghan, Emily Cottrell, Christopher Course, Aimee Donald, Michelle D’Souza, Aisling Flinn, Eva Loucaides, Maya Kohli-Lynch, Helen McDermott, Fiona McQuaid, Lucy Plumb, Thiloka Ratnaike, Juliane Sanner, Maura Scott, Olivia Swann, Rebecca Unsworth, Tim Van Hasselt, Hannah Vawda, Susan Wallace, Eva Wooding, Christopher Worth, Charlotte Jackson, Wingsan Lok, Neil Meemaduma, Paul Dimitri. Concept and review of survey questions—Romanie Hannah, Nick Bishop.
Contributors Survey review, analysis of data, drafting and review of article—TR, HM, FM, LP, ELW, CWC, CJ and the RCPCH Trainee Research Network Working Group.
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; internally peer reviewed.