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RCPCH Trainees Committee
towards establishing a paediatric TRN in EOE which was named CHEERI (Child Health East of England Research initiative). We created a timeline detailing specific outputs such as gaining stakeholder interest and creating a webspace which would act as a research directory for the region. We conducted meetings with academic leads such as the Head of Paediatrics, Cambridge University; and with the training programme directors. We updated trainees regularly during virtual regional study days which
... well-attended. Proformas were sent to all 17 hospitals in the region, feedback from these were used in the development of a virtual research directory, within a website managed by CHEERI. Results 100% of trainees attending a regional Paediatrics meeting surveyed in July 2021 agreed a research network is needed. The CHEERI committee was established through discussing the initiative at a regional study day. It comprises nine trainees (two with academic roles) working at five Trusts, one medical student representative, and two consultant mentors. The RCPCH TRN meetings were helpful especially with guidance from other established regional TRNs, when discussing CHEERI development strategies. Completed proformas and online searches revealed six hospitals with thirty-six active Paediatric non-commercial research projects within the EoE. Five clinical paediatricians have agreed to be voluntary mentors to support trainees develop research goals. Funding used in previous face-to-face meetings were redirected towards developing the CHEERI website. We also launched a Twitter handle: @CHEERI. Challenges faced by CHEERI include lengthy response time to email communications, and lack of protected time for website and research development. Targets developed through committee discussions to launch regional or local trainee-led, consultant-directed scale-able projects. To unite existing resources and national networks, host regional events and workshops to connect research-active consultants with trainees interested in research.