On the 4th December 2015, members of the SITU team attended the National Research Collaborative Meeting (NRCM) in Sheffield. The National Research Collaborative is a conglomeration of all trainee research collaboratives in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They aim to coordinate nationally to bring high impact multicentre research delivered by trainees.
The meeting was attended by trainees from a variety of regions and specialties. The day included presentations of projects which are currently being carried out by the various collaboratives. Whilst many collaboratives are taking part in multicentre audits and registries, some are involved in multi-centre randomised controlled trials, such as NINJA-P, which is being run by SITU.
The programme was varied and included a talk by Dr Matt Wilson on the challenges of researching with surgeons, which was a particular highlight.
SITU had a stand at the meeting, which was well visited throughout the day. It also provided the SITU staff that attended an opportunity to meet with several other trials units which are running multicentre surgical trials.
The 2016 NRCM is being run by the Reconstructive Surgery Trials Network (RSTN) and the British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative and will be held on the 30th November 2016 at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.