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Segal and colleagues have highlighted the future challenges ahead for gastroenterology and hepatology trainee networks in the UK.1 While there have been numerous local success stories, our community is lacking a collaborative project on a national scale. This may be for multiple reasons including the COVID-19 pandemic.
For a project to enthuse trainees nationwide, there are considerations that need to be addressed. First, is the research question relevant across the breadth of the UK? While niche areas of gastroenterology such as post-liver transplant care are undoubtedly interesting, they are unlikely to engage trainees outside of tertiary referral centres. Secondly, is the answer likely to be important to our day-to-day working lives? As doctors, we are all patient focused and look for ways to improve patient outcomes. Projects that deliver tangible solutions to improve patient care are likely to be more popular among trainees. Finally, are trainees being offered exposure to novel research and audit opportunities which they would not typically have access to, thus empowering them to seek further projects?
Following consultations with trainees across the UK, the Trainee Collaborative for Research and Audit in Hepatology UK (ToRcH-UK) was established to address these questions. …
Collaborators Project Management Subgroup: Vinay K Balachandrakumar (Mersey Deanery), Paul Brennan (Scotland Deanery), Charlotte Cook (Wessex Deanery), Tim Hardy (North East Deanery), Rebecca Harris (East Midlands Deanery), Janardhan Navaratnam (Wales Deanery), Emma Saunsbury (Severn Deanery), Oliver D Tavabie (South London Deanery). Collaborators: Jane Abbott (North East London Deanery), Kushala WM Abeysekera (Severn Deanery), Kris Bennett (South West Deanery), Ryan Buchanan (Wessex Deanery), Amritpal Dhaliwal (West Midlands Deanery), Vasileios Galanakis (East of England Deanery), Victoria T Kronsten (South London Deanery), Jess Leighton (North East Deanery), Wenhao Li (North East London Deanery), James Liu Yin (Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery), Lucia Macken (KSS Deanery), Thomas Marjot (Thames Valley Deanery), James B Maurice (North West London Deanery), Hannah McDowell (Northern Ireland Deanery), Keith Pohl (South West Deanery), Jeremy S Nayagam (South London Deanery), Jennifer Scott (Scotland Deanery), Abhishek Sheth (East Midlands Deanery), Ricky Sinharay (East of England Deanery), Gio Sheiybani (Severn Deanery), Mohsan Subhani (East Midlands Deanery), Lucy Turner (Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery), Helen White (North West Deanery), Nekisa Zakeri (North East London Deanery).
Contributors All collaborators, as listed in the online supplemetnal materials, contributed to the conceptualisation of the manuscript. The Project Management Subgroup, as listed in the online supplemetnal materials, drafted the initial manuscript. All collaborators reviewed the manuscript, made critical revisions and approved the final draft.
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 Oliver Tavabie and James Maurice are both members of the Editorial Board at Frontline Gastroenterology.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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