South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix


Set up in February 2012, SWARM is a trainee-led audit and research collaborative aimed at increasing trainee involvement and exposure to audit and research. Our success is dependent on our members' continued engagement. We recognise that the success of any project is dependent on the effort of many individuals working together as a team. Our research is published under the name of SWARM to not only emphasise the importance of teamwork but also underline the altruistic approach we encourage within our organisation. However, it is also important to recognise the contribution of individual members without which the projects could not even begin. The various levels of contribution summarised below are intended to provide this recognition within the structure of our collaborative.

For more detailed information about our philosophy and authorship rules, please download a copy of our constitution.

For guidance about how to cite SWARM publications on your CV, please see this page.

Regional Project Lead(s)


This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the design and inception of the study. The role will typically involve:

  • Devising the Research and Development proposal and trial protocol
  • Liaising with the Research and Development department
  • Applying for research grants if required
  • Seeking ethics committee approval for the project where necessary
  • Managing and co-ordinating the conduct of the study across the region
  • Collating and analysing the study data
  • Presenting the data at a regional or national level
  • Submitting any resulting articles for publication



Local Trust Project Lead(s)


This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the management of the regional project at a local trust level. The role will typically (but not exclusively) involve:

  • Liaising with the local Research and Development department
  • Liaising with the local Clinical Governance department
  • Co-ordinating with the Regional Project Lead(s) to refine research protocols and data collection forms
  • Advertising projects at the local trust level
  • Co-ordinating and managing the team of SWARM trainees for patient recruitment and data collection
  • Presenting the data and results at a local level



Local Trust Project Investigator


This is defined as a SWARM individual who is not involved in long-term local project management (as outlined above), but is significantly involved in the study, above and beyond data collection. This role will usually involve:

  • Leading a team of Local Trust Project Contributors for individual days of a project
  • Making an extensive contribution to patient consent, recruitment and/or data collection



Local Trust Project Contributor


This is defined as any individual who is involved with patient recruitment and/or data collection, whether a member of SWARM or not.