Useful Resources

RCPCH Trainee Research Network
SPARQ will feed into the RCPCH trainee research network to support opportunities for paediatric trainees to carry our research, audit and quality improvement in child health.

HRA ethics Tool: Do I need NHS Research Ethics Committee review?
Use this simple tool from the Health Research Authority (HRA) to determine whether your planned study requires a review by a NHS Research Ethics Committee. For more information and tips on how to submit a successful application to the HRA, click here.

NIHR West of England Clinical Research Network
The Clinical Research Network (CRN), West of England facilitates research across health and care settings in our region. For more information about how the CRN can support your research and links to skills training, please click here.

NIHR Good Clinical Practice Training
It is important that everyone involved in research is trained to perform the tasks they are asked to undertake. GCP training is a requirement set out in the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research by the Health Research Authority for researchers conducting clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs). 

NIHR South West Research Design Service (RDS)
The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) helps develop research and funding applications of benefit to the general public and people who use NHS and social care services. All RDS advice and guidance is free of charge.

RCPCH Academic Toolkit
If you’re a paediatric trainee interested in pursuing an academic career, explore this resource. It includes funding application checklists, advice on writing a PhD application and case studies from clinical academic trainees.

Improvement Fundamentals
Improvement Fundamentals is a programme of online mini-courses in quality improvement (QI) for those involved in heath or social care services.


University of Bristol Population Health Sciences short courses (discounts available for NHS staff in South West region)

NHS England: Improvement Fundamentals – online mini-courses in quality improvement for those working in health or social care: