How to get started

The collaborative is run by surgical trainees for surgical trainees. The purpose is to encourage active collaboration between trainees in several hospitals resulting in more meaningful and substantial work.

All ideas are welcome and this website will use a blog to allow exchange of ideas and promote collaboration.

If you are keen to be involved in any of the active collaborations, please contact us to express your interest. Ideally each project has a lead in every hospital to maximise data acquisition and future publication impact.


Prospective studies

It is envisaged that prospective studies will be structured as multi-centred, often observational studies with a clear research question and observational study. These may take the form of an audit if a standard exists or be original research. The projects will require a formal central proposal containing a thorough literature review and ethical permission where required. The collaborative would like to run at least 4 studies each year, typically collecting data for one month at a time.


Systematic Reviews

We would like to encourage senior trainees to propose and supervise relevant and interesting systematic reviews. Some of our trainees are highly qualified in research methodology and keen to teach these skills to others. More junior trainees (including medical students) might find this a useful introduction into research and aid them in gaining formal publications which are helpful in the application process.



Each project will require a lead in each hospital who will be responsible for ensuring that the project is registered locally. They will ensure that data are collected according to an agreed protocol. Requirement for authorship will be specified clearly and relevant individuals will be citable in any subsequent publications.