Version 1.1, 25/03/2014


‘….to conduct high quality, trainee-led, multi-centred research, audit and quality improvement in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine across the Northern Deanery for the benefit of patients and their future care…..’


  1. AIMS
  1. To establish a regional network of members who conduct multi-centre research and audit with a high potential for making an impact.
  1. To allow members to continue their involvement in research and audit projects as they migrate around the deanery.
  1. To provide training in research for the educational benefit of INCARNNET members.
  1. To attract national funding for research and audit work.
  1. The organisation is led by an executive committee comprising:
    • Chairman
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Information Technology lead
  1. The executive committee is supported by:
    • Consultant Trust leads from each of the hospital trusts within the Northern Deanery.
    • Consultant leads from key sub-specialties within the Northern Deanery.
  1. All members of the executive committee and its supporting representatives must hold membership of INCARNNET.
  1. Any trainee may become a member of INCARNNET by completing the application form and receiving approval from any member of the executive committee. Data collected as part of this application will remain confidential to the executive committee and will not be distributed.
  1. Consultant committee members are elected by the executive committee and receive ‘honorary’ INCARNNET member status.
  1. Trainee committee members are elected by a vote of all active INCARNNET members.
  1. Trainees may only remain full members of INCARNNET until their CCT date.
  1. Other healthcare professionals and medical students may also become members of INCARNNET. Their role will usually be limited to Local Trust Project Contributors as detailed in Section 7.
  1. INCARNNET membership may be terminated following:
  • Breech of authorship rules detailed in Section 8
  • Breech of research governance principles as outlined by ICH GCP guidelines
  • Breech of data protection
  • Breech of ethical principles
  • Fraudulent use or omission of data
  • Resignation of the member from a recognised training post
  • A permanent move of the member to another region. In this instance, the member may retain an informal link to the organisation as a ‘Friend of INCARNNET’.
  1. Termination of membership is at the discretion of the executive committee and requires a majority vote of committee members.
  1. All committee members will be jointly responsible for:
  • Establishing and coordinating research projects
  • Presenting INCARNNET data at conferences
  • Organising a regular Annual General Meeting
  • Organising and attending Committee Meetings
  • Arranging educational sessions for INCARNNET members
  • Mediating in disputes amongst INCARNNET members
  1. The specific roles for each member are detailed below:
  • Chairman
  • Figurehead of the organisation
  • Promotes the organisation at a national level (in conjunction with RAFT)
  • Resolves any conflicts arising between the INCARNNET committee and its members
  • Chairs committee meetings
  • Steers development of the organisation
  • Secretary
  • Drafts and distributes agenda for committee meetings
  • Records and distributes minutes for committee meetings
  • Manages membership database
  • Distributes newsletter
  • Treasurer
  • Manages the organisation accounts
  • Collates receipts and provides data for audit if required
  • Takes responsibility for paying invoices
  • Monitors the availability of organisation funds
  • Information Technology lead
  • Manages Basecamp system
  • Maintains INCARNNET website & updates Twitter feed
  • Develops IT solutions to keep pace with the evolution of the organisation
  • Liaises with Trust leads to solve IT technical issues
  • Consultant Trust Lead
  • Promotes INCARNNET at a local level
  • Provides a point of contact for INCARNNET members at local level
  • Escalates any issues to the executive committee
  • Clinical sub-speciality Lead
  • Promotes INCARNNET at a local level
  • Provides clinical expertise and guidance in their chosen sub-specialty
  • Provides a point of contact for INCARNNET members at local level
  • Escalates any issues to the executive committee


  1. All INCARNNET members may put forward research project proposals, irrespective of grade.
  1. Project proposals will be invited periodically via the INCARNNET website and newsletter. There will be an opportunity to present the proposal to INCARNNET members at a suitable venue, such as the Annual General Meeting.
  1. Projects will be selected for support by the INCARNNET collaborative following presentation of the project aims and objectives from the proposed project lead.
  2. The executive committee withholds the right to veto a project which provokes any concerns. It also has the right to recommend some projects over others.
  1. Once a research proposal has been selected for support by INCARNNET, the proposer(s) will be designated the Regional Project Lead for that project unless he/she wishes to delegate this to someone else.
  1. The Regional Project Lead will be advised by suitably experienced members of the executive committee if needed.
  1. The Regional Project Lead may request the assistance of other INCARNNET members to achieve some of the tasks detailed in Section 7.1.
  1. The above steps should be accomplished within a pre-defined timeframe. If there is a significant departure from this, the executive committee has the right to withdraw support for the project.



Each project will have a study team associated with it and the specific roles of each member are detailed in this section.

  1. Regional Project Lead(s)

This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the design and inception of the study. The role will usually involve:

  • Devising the Research and Development proposal and trial protocol
  • Liaising with the Research and Development department
  • Applying for research grants if required
  • Seeking ethics committee approval for the project where necessary
  • Managing and co-ordinating the conduct of the study across the region
  • Collating and analysing the study data
  • Presenting the data at a regional or national level
  • Submitting any resulting articles for publication
  1. Local Trust Project Lead(s)

This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the management of the regional project at a local trust level. The role will usually (but not exclusively) involve:

  • Liaising with the local Research and Development department
  • Liaising with the local Clinical Governance department
  • Co-ordinating with the Regional Project Lead(s) to refine research protocols and data collection forms
  • Advertising projects at the local trust level
  • Co-ordinating and managing the team of INCARNNET trainees for patient recruitment and data collection
  • Presenting the data and results at a local level
  1. Local Trust Project Investigator

This is defined as an INCARNNET member who is not involved in long-term local project management (as outlined above), but is significantly involved in the study, above and beyond data collection. This role will usually involve:

  • Leading a team of Local Trust Project Contributors for individual days of a project
  • Making an extensive contribution to patient consent, recruitment and/or data collection
  1. Local Trust Project Contributor

This is defined as any individual who is involved with patient recruitment and/or data collection, whether a member of INCARNNET or not.



All members of INCARNNET must adhere to the following authorship rules:

  1. Each research project will have a designated Regional Project Lead(s) and their role is detailed in Section 7.1. Any INCARNNET member completing a task in Section 7.1 should be acknowledged as making a significant contribution to the project.
  1. It is the responsibility of the Regional Project Lead to present and/or publish the results from the project and they are the default first author of any resulting publications. If they are unable to or do not wish to do this, then they should delegate this task to an INCARNNET member who has made a significant contribution to that project (for example, the Local Trust Project Lead).
  1. Only those INCARNNET members who specifically contributed to the research project will be acknowledged in any publications resulting from that project.
  1. Specifically, named authors on publications have to fulfil all of the following criteria:
    1. Made substantial contribution to the conception and design of the project, acquisition of data or its analysis and interpretation
    2. Drafted or provided critical revision of the article
    3. Provided final approval of the version for publication
  1. Members who have contributed to a project but who do not satisfy the criteria listed in Section 8.4 will be acknowledged on the INCARNNET website.
  1. The INCARNNET organisation should be named on any publications resulting from a project and referenced ‘on behalf of INCARNNET’.
  1. Project data may be presented at local meetings by INCARNNET members. Project data for a single site may also be published by INCARNNET members on provision of written consent from the Regional Project Lead(s). The INCARNNET organisation and Regional Project Lead(s) should both be acknowledged in this case.
  1. Any dispute regarding authorship should be escalated to the executive committee who will arbitrate and, if necessary, terminate membership.
  1. The Regional Project Lead(s) & Local Trust Project Leads, Investigators and Contributors for a project may all reference any resulting publications on their curriculum vitae.
  1. INCARNNET will conduct regular committee meetings. A minimum notice of 2 weeks will be given prior to each meeting.
  1. All executive committee members should attend unless there are extenuating circumstances. In this situation, apologies should be sent to the Secretary prior to the meeting.
  1. The meeting agenda will be distributed prior to each meeting via e mail and the INCARNNET website.
  1. The meeting minutes will be uploaded on to the INCARNNET website once they have been finalised.
  1. Copies of the minutes will be available at the subsequent committee meeting and via the INCARNNET website. Any necessary amendments can be discussed by the committee members present. Once it is agreed that the minutes are a true representation, they will be signed by the chair of the meeting.
  1. Decisions are made based on the consensus view of the executive committee which is settled by discussion in the first instance. A minimum of 5 members of the executive committee must be present in order for the decision to be valid. Voting ‘in abstentia’ by email is also permitted.
  1. If differing views are not resolved, then a decision is passed by a majority vote of all attending committee members. In the event of a tied vote, the President casts deciding vote. If the President is absent from the meeting, then the Chairman casts the deciding vote.