Following on from the regional survey of trainee research needs, Dr Michelle Shaw subsequently rolled a similar survey out on a national level to Intensive Care medicine trainees with the help of RAFT.
The survey received an overall response rate of 60%, with analysis of results confined to those regions with a response rate >80%. The survey established an unmet need for research involvement and key barriers that prevented this from occurring, with the key theme being lack of available time.
A proposal of initiatives was developed with Dr Ben Harris of SPARC/RAFT, and an oral presentation (UKCCRF-Powerpoint presentation) was delivered at the UK Critical Care Research Forum (UKCCRF) for peer review.
Follow up activities from this include:
- submission of manuscript for publication in JICS – ICM trainee research needs – The RAFT national survey results and initiatives to imrpove trainee research opportunities
- discussion with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
- discussion with the NIHR CRN, including involvement in developing the regional dossier of Intensive Care unit research activities, with contact details to help encourage trainee involvement – this link will be available here in the near future