National Appendicectomy Audit
The 2012 National Research Collaborative study
This was the first project from the National Surgical Research Collaborative. The topic chosen was simple, being accessible to trainees of all levels and taking place in every acute surgical unit – appendicectomy.
The network collected data on over 3000 patients from 89 centres in the UK, and 6 from overseas. The data was high quality, with wide generalisability due to the multicentre nature. It has led to several publications, which have derived Pubmed citable authorship for collaborators.