There are definite benefits to getting involved in research collaboratives. You can read more about surgical research collaboratives in the UK here or visit the National Research Collaborative website.
Here are the links to just some of the other research collaboratives in the UK...
ARMY: Anaesthetic Audit & Research Matrix of Yorkshire.
Carrel Club: Association for UK transplant surgical trainees.
Cleft: Cleft trainee collaborative.
CTRC: Cardiothoracic Research Trainees Collaborative.
EESuRG: East of England Surgical Research Group.
ETRC: ENT Trainee Research Collaboration.
ISRC: Irish Surgeons Research Collaborative.
KSS Surgeons: KSS surgeons research collaborative.
MARC-WM: Maxillofacial Audit and Research Collaborative - West Midlands.
MIC: Medical Interests Collaborative.
MROG: Midlands Research collaborative in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
OSCAR: Oswestry and Stoke Collaborative for Audit & Research.
RAFT: Research and Audit Federation of Trainees.
SPoARC: Southcoast Peri-operative Audit and Research Collaboration.
STARSurg: Student Audit & Research in Surgery.
WSRG: Warwickshire Surgical Research Group.
TRAIN: West Midlands Trainee Research in Anaesthesia and Intensive care Network.
WMURAC: West Midlands Urology Regional Audit Collaborative.