About Us

SEARCH (South East Anaesthetic Research Chain) is the trainee led research and audit collaborative for trainees in Kent Surrey and Sussex.

Mission statement
“…to give trainees in South East England the opportunity to conduct high quality, trainee-led, multi-centred research and quality improvement projects in Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Pain and Perioperative Medicine across the region, alongside experienced and proactive consultant colleagues for the benefit of patient care…”

– To establish a regional network of doctors training in Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Pain and Perioperative Medicine who wish to conduct multi-centre research and quality improvement projects with a high potential for making an impact in perioperative medicine.
– To allow continuity of involvement in research and quality improvement projects as trainees migrate around the deanery.
– To provide training in research for the educational benefit of SEARCH members.
– To attract funding for research and quality improvement projects

New project proposals
New project proposals are welcomed from all members of SEARCH. To submit a project proposal, please complete the Project Proposal Form (below). Projects will be selected using a standardised scoring matrix by the SEARCH Executive committee throughout the year, and by all SEARCH members at the AGM. New proposals will also be invited periodically via e-mail and newsletter.
Prior to submitting a new proposal it is worth thinking about logistics and discussing it with a consultant facilitator to maximise the chance of it being selected for regional collaboration. If you would like to discuss informally prior to submission or need guidance in finding an appropriate consultant facilitator, please contact us.
New project proposal form
Projects chosen will be coordinated by a Regional Project Lead. This will usually be the trainee who has proposed the project. They will have a group of Local Trust Project Leads coordinating the project at a local level, and Local Trust Project Investigators who carry out data collection at individual trusts. Consultant advisors and the SEARCH executive committee can provide support and guidance as necessary.

All projects undertaken should be presented and/or published. Authorship will take the form of: Named Authors + “SEARCH Collaborators.” You, as an individual contributor, will either be named as a SEARCH collaborator or, if you have made a significant contribution to the project, you will become a named author. Named authors will be limited to SEARCH members who have made a significant contribution to the project e.g., study design, data analysis or manuscript preparation. All contributors and their roles will be detailed on the SEARCH website.