Please note that the SCOTnet is not organised or directly affiliated with SCOT. SCOT currently hosts a webpage to assist the start-up of the SCOTnet Group.

Scottish Collaborative Orthopaedic Trainee Research Network 


  • Encourage trainee participation in audit & research that helps establish high quality evidence to guide provision of trauma & orthopaedic care in clinical practice
  • Provide opportunities for engagement in audit & research activities that are required for CCT
  • Promote inter-unit & regional co-operation to deliver large scale audit & research projects that are of meaningful clinical benefit to the orthopaedic community, and beyond what may be achievable through local projects alone.
  • Ensure trainees are appropriately recognised for their efforts in collation of data for audit & research, including dissemination of output through presentation and publication.
  • Support local & regional research groups where required


  • Co-ordinate activities of the network
  • Deliver on the group objectives
  • Troubleshoot problems with data collection and recruitment for national audit & research projects
  • Disseminate news and updates to keep interested parties aware of current developments and upcoming plans
  • Identify sources of funding to assist in the delivery of large scale audit & research projects


  • The group will be run by a steering committee of orthopaedic trainees in order to provide direction and oversight for the network. 
  • No formal positions will be identified as part of this steering group, although individuals may choose to align themselves to certain roles based on expertise and interest e.g. website design and maintenance.
  • Representation on the committee will be provided from each of the four regions of Scotland (East, West, South East & North). 
  • Each region will have ideally two trainees involved (one of which will typically be the current BOTA representative for that region). 
  • Trainees will serve on the committee for a maximum of 2 years to facilitate wider participation and encourage diversity.
  • Additional named local audit/research co-ordinators may be utilised for individual projects
  • Consultant members will assist with oversight of the committee and help with site recruitment


  • The steering committee will meet quarterly unless otherwise specified in the meeting minutes
  • Meetings will include discussion of all ongoing & newly proposed projects
  • A minimum of one member from each region should be present at the steering committee meetings
  • A list of action points will be produced from each meeting and disseminated to the steering committee members.