Great Ormond Street BRC National Residential Training Weekend

When: Saturday 1 October – Sunday 2 October 2016

The event is a great opportunity to network with fellow clinical trainees and academic leaders in paediatrics, providing a unique opportunity to develop research skills and gain career advice. Facilitated interactive small group work on developing and undertaking research in children and young people. Different research methodologies and multi-disciplinary working will be explored.

The weekend is open to academics from training centres all over the UK. Subsidised attendance cost per individual is £75 which covers food and accommodation for Saturday night. 


Day 1: Saturday 1 October

10:00–11:00 Registration with tea and coffee
11:00–11:30 Welcome and introduction (Dr. William Van’t Hoff/ Dr. Kate Oulton/Professor Neil Sebire)
11.30–12.00 Keynote lecture I: The importance of academic paediatrics to child health – Professor Terence Stephenson, Professor of Paediatrics, UCL, Chair of General Medical Council
12:00–12:30 Keynote lecture II: The importance of academic training for nursing and AHPs working with children and young people – Dr. Shelley Dolan, Chief Nurse at The Royal Marsden Hospital
12:30–13:15 Lunch

Practical session I: Planning your research project workshop I

(ASTHMA example – 15 minute talks, 5 mins questions for each perspective).

Asthma is a common, serious childhood disorder and an important cause of morbidity and mortality. This session will demonstrate the depth and breadth of research in this field and allow delegates to gain a broad understanding of research methods and opportunities.

Chair: Jonathan Grigg, Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London

  • 13.15 Dr. Ingrid Wolfe, Programme Director for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – Epidemiological research in Asthma
  • 13.35 Professor Clare Lloyd, Professor of Respiratory Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London – Pathobiology of Airway Inflammation
  • 13.55 Professor Anne Greenough, Vice President for Research, Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health: Long-term consequences of neonatal airway and lung disease.
  • 14.15 Dr Paul Seddon, Respiratory Consultant and Neonatal Paediatrician at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Brighton, UK: Clinical research: asthma and preschool wheeze.
  • 14.35 Professor Peter Callery, Professor of Children's Nursing at The University of Manchester: TBC
15.00–15.30 Break

Practical session II: Planning your research project workshop II

  • 15.30–15.45 Young People's Advisory Group (YPAG) and Parent/Carer’s group perspective
  • 15.45–16.45 Group Practical Session: Delegates will work in one of four assigned and multi-professional groups, each facilitated by one of the asthma research speakers from the previous session. Each group will use the hour to develop a mock grant application based on the topic of speaker’s previous talk.
  • 16.45–17.30 Presentation and Vote: One or two delegates from each group will make a 6 minute presentation on their group’s proposed grant application, with 3–4 minutes for questions and the audience will vote for the best application at the end.
17:30–19:00 Break before dinner
19:00 Dinner and networking event

Day 2: Sunday 2 October

08:00–09:00 Breakfast

Practical session III: Realistic Decisions – A practical grounding for the ethical analysis of research involving children (Professor Faith Gibson and Dr Joe Brierley)

After a brief plenary session in which Professor Gibson and Dr Brierley will introduce some key ethical principles, delegates in their assigned groups will assess and prepare a submission to the Ethics Group (Delegate panel, Dr Davies and Dr Brierley – Chairs).

Each submission will be presented in 5–6 minutes to the Ethics Group by one or two delegates from each group. Some delegates, instead of preparing the Ethics application, will be selected to sit on the Ethics Group, assuming key roles.

11:00–11:30 Break

Career sessions

Break-out session for medics (Professor Jonathan Grigg, Dr Karin Straathof and Dr Jonathan Fisher)
Break-out session for AHPs and nurses (Professor Peter Callery and Ms Lesley Katchburian)

Parallel session: Meet the Mentor – sign up to speak to any of the facilitators present at the weekend for individual advice and mentorship

12:30–13:00 Plenary Lecture: Dr Jack Kreindler: ‘The brave new world of machine intelligence in medicine’ 
13:00–13:15 Closing remarks and evaluation
13:15 Lunch