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Research and Audit Federation of Trainees (RAFT)

Research and Audit Federation of Trainees or RAFT is a network of regional groups of Anaesthetic Trainee Research Groups.

NIAA position statement in support of The Research and Audit Federation for Trainees (RAFT) Group

The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) is committed to supporting anaesthetic trainees involved in research to improve patient care. Our aim is to increase the opportunities for anaesthetic trainees to be involved in high impact research, and we welcome the development of The Research and Audit Federation for Trainees (RAFT) Group as an important step towards promoting and developing trainee led research in the UK.

Specifically, the NIAA:

  • will provide a page on the NIAA website for RAFT to promote its aims and objectives and provide information on regional trainee-led networks

  • will involve RAFT in the research activities of the NIAA via the nominated RAFT representative on the NIAA Research Council and Health Services Research Centre Executive Management Board

  • will disseminate information via the Quality Audit and Research Co-ordinators (QuARCs) as and when appropriate.

The NIAA does not automatically endorse local and regional trainee-led audits or research projects and responsibility for the governance of such activity is a local matter.

For further information please visit the RAFT website.

RAFT and the rise and rise of trainee-led research networks

Dr Sam Clark, RAFT Chair and Dr Caroline Thomas, RAFT Secretary wrote an article highlighting the work of RAFT and the multiple regional trainee-led research networks for the May 2017 Bulletin. Click here to read it.