Researcher Development Course
Module 1 - 15 & 16 October 2020
Module 2 - 30 November & 1 December 2020
Research is a core principle of the NHS. Research activity improves patient care yet is complex to carry out and requires a wide range of skills. This course is designed to introduce some of the core skills required to carry out research successfully.
This is a short course and it is not designed to cover everything. It is no replacement for a Masters level degree, but provides an excellent grounding prior to undertaking such a course. It is also suitable for clinicians who want to improve their understanding of research. Some of the critical underpinning skills required for performing high quality research have been selected to get you started. Other knowledge, such as research methodology, is not covered in any detail, primarily because this can be learnt from text books and requires less guidance from a tutor. Equally issues such as recruitment, data collection, management and analysis are all better tackled when you are ready to undertake them. These issues are included in the text book provided with this course: Research Handbook for Healthcare Professionals.
The course is offered in two 2 day modules. The gap between the modules is intended to allow you time to use and develop the skills taught during days 1 and 2, and to spend time developing a research question and start to formulate a proposal.
The course aims to enable participants to:
- Search the literature comprehensively, in order to research the published literature prior to developing research or audit projects. Also to enable participants to find appropriate papers for journal club review.
- Understand the commonly used terms and statistical techniques, and to interpret statistics used in quantitative research.
- Critically evaluate research papers so they can assess the value of the available evidence, and ensure it is incorporated into practice.
- Understand the processes required to set up a research project in clinical practice and appreciate why governance is required and what ethics committees look for in applications.
- Describe the stages involved in developing and completing a research project successfully, and describe the purpose and content of a research protocol/proposal.
- Understand the value of involving the patients and public in the research process.
- Apply an evidence-based approach to the selection of outcome measures which are psychometrically robust and clinically practical.
- Begin to understand qualitative research designs and methods of analysis.
- Describe the stages involved in preparing a grant application and appreciate some of the challenges faced.
- Understand the relevance of assessing the impact of research.
- Identify strategies to disseminate research results and findings, and to prepare successful conference presentations and papers for submission to peer review journals.
Who should attend?
The workshops have been designed specifically for healthcare staff. Anyone interested in research and preparing to develop a research project will find them helpful. All the workshops are designed to give basic skills and assume little prior knowledge.
The topics covered include:
Module 1 (15 - 16 October 2020)
- Searching the literature
- Understanding statistics in quantitative research
- Critical appraisal
- Writing your research protocol
- The setting up of a project
- Patient and public involvement in research
Module 2 (30 November - 1 December 2020)
- Selecting robust outcome measures
- Qualitative research methods
- Assessing the impact of research
- Getting research funding
- Disseminating your research
Course methods & delivery
All sessions incorporate mixed learning methods, including live remote lectures, discussion and practical exercises. The searching the literature session is hands-on, giving you the opportunity to use the databases and undertake a small search during the workshop. The statistics session is very practical and apart from basic maths you would learn at school, makes no assumptions about prior statistical knowledge.
In order to take part in the course, you will need a reliable internet connection as well as Microsoft Teams which is available through Office 365. Further details will be sent to participants nearer the time of each module.
The course also includes access to an e-learning module on basic critical appraisal skills. To get the most out of the course, you will need to complete this e-learning before attending module 1. It will take approximately 2.5-3 hours. You will be sent access information once fees are paid.
Comments from past participants
"The understanding statistics was massively useful and I’m not daunted or scared any more!"
"Excellent workshop; group exercises were very good and helped to apply knowledge."
"It was all presented in an easy to understand format."