Published in Cornea 2017
This is Eulee's great story about her recent adventure - and doing it for such a good cause too! This year, W.O.T.S is raising money for Sightsavers for our Charity Event 2017. Read her story and come lend us some support!
Stetind – a 1391m granite formation rising straight from the fjords of Northern Norway, 1.8 billion years old and exposed by glaciers. Its location in the Artic circle meant that it receives 24 hours of daylight in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter. It was voted Norway’s national mountain by a popular vote, and has a very distinctive appearance. When asked to climb a mountain to fundraise for Sightsavers it seemed like the most appropriate challenge. To put it in context Pen y Fan is 886m, Snowdon is 1085m and Ben Nevis is 1345m. However while it is possible to walk up these peaks, the easiest route up Stetind requires scrambling (using hands as well as feet to climb), a technical climb as well as an abseil.
After mulling over it for a few months,I planned a trip with my climbing partner ( who is conveniently Norwegian – meet Åke – his comments are in this report). There are a number of routes up Stetind but we decided on Normalveien (‘The Normal route’)
Our aim is to facilitate access to high quality research in the area of Ophthalmology. Whilst principally this is a trainee lead network it is not exclusive, and welcomes input from across the board from consultant to medical student, from nursing staff to optometrists.
The committee oversees the running of WORC, however all Ophthalmology trainees in Wales are Automatic members.
Projects should be based within NHS practice and have clinical principals at their core. Projects undertaken under the umbrella of W.O.R.C. should benefit from the expertise of the committee and the wider membership whilst the Principle investigator of each project retains ownership. Once a project is accepted as part of the WORC portfolio the PI will need to provide regular update with the progress of the project. If progress is not made, WORC reserve the right to remove it from their portfolio. Conversely if a project is accepted onto the portfolio, but does not benefit from support from the network in any way, the PI can withdraw it from the portfolio. However once support for the project has started it needs to remain in the portfolio until completion, with Authorship rights for WORC inclusion maintained. The WORC committee will maintain a project matrix with details of all projects, PI’s and planned actions.
Collaborative research provides opportunity beyond what can be achieved with single centre studies. WORC aims to collaborate, not only throughout Welsh Ophthalmology, but with other Trainee Networks across the UK.
The principle investigator of each project is expected to be the lead Author of any publication. The local consultant mentor would have last author status. Any significant contribution of WORC members would be recognised and expected to have authorship recognition in a reducing contribution manner. Data collection from units alone will ensure collaboration status as a minimum. The Authorship status is not a fixed rule, instead can be reviewed on a project be project basis. It may depend on the publication criteria and the wishes of the PI. In some cases writing groups may be formed which have equal recognition for all members.
Regular meetings will be carried out to review progress of current studies and to discuss proposed projects. Each meeting will result in planned actions for each of the studies on the portfolio. PI’s of current projects will be expected to contribute to every meeting. If they cannot attend then communication of progress and plans needs to be made to allow presentation in their absence. Following each meeting the project matrix will be updated and circulated to each member.
Project proposal will be welcomed from any source. Projects must demonstrate that they are well thought out, have some background research and some idea of how they can be delivered before being considered for addition to the portfolio. The proposal does not need to be overly detailed and it would be expected that WORC will develop the idea with the PI to a deliverable study. Proposals will be discussed at the regular WORC meetings and agreement to accept the project will be made by both committee and the wider network. If a project is unsuccessful then a proposer can pursue the project independently and can make further application at a later date if wished. Projects or studies can be brought at any stage; however some acknowledgement of WORC’s input would be expected in publication.
Potential projects should be emailed prior to meetings to allow addition to the agenda for discussion.
R.Reynolds OST6 Waleswelshophthalmicresearch@gmail.com
This year saw a host of Welsh ophthalmology doctors attending the Congress. It was a thorougly educational experience and was a good opportunity to catch up with old and new friends.
Our presenters this year:
Simerdip Kaur (won the prize for BEST VIDEO presentation** Congratulations!) for her video on Parallel Training in Cataract Surgery