Becoming Research Active: 22nd May 2018; 9am-5pm


Are you a nurse, allied health professional, public health or local government member of staff who is interested in research or who has had some exposure to research*? Our new workshop is suitable for staff from NHS Trusts, NHS CCGs, and Local Authorities who are keen to become involved in research.

Engaging in research is a great way to address the questions that often arise in health care. It can also play a vital role in producing new evidence and new knowledge for decision-making to improve health care.

This one day, practical workshop provides an introduction to the research process to enable NHS and local government staff to engage in research activity. The course is run by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy, together with the Research Design Service London (east London arm) and Clinical Research Network North Thames.

This introductory level course is a first step on the journey towards becoming “research active”, either by developing your own small project or getting involved in other ways e.g. collaborating on research studies, assisting clients/ patients in your care to take part in research, being a (critical) research ‘consumer’ or helping to shape research priorities, design and delivery. We ask that participants attend the workshop with a research idea, innovation, or change that they would like to plan for, or collaborate on with researchers.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the research process, including the principles behind good research design and planning for dissemination and impact

  • Understand the different roles within a research team and identify the points at which you can become involved

  • Be able to apply criteria to judge the potential value and feasibility of a research project idea

  • Have a basic understanding of research governance and ethics requirements, and know where to find out more

  • Know how to involve patients and the public in every stage of research, and understand how it could benefit the research

  • Know how to access relevant resources or the help available across North Thames to design, plan and fund research

This workshop is not aimed at academics and/or researchers.

* e.g. you might have done a Masters level module in collecting and analysing data, or critical appraisal of research, or have helped to support research in your organisation or attended another one of our Academy courses.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Cost – This course is free for staff working in NIHR CLAHRC North Thames partner organisations (a list of our partners is available on our website). There is a delegate fee of £250 for other attendees.

Venue – Central London

Registration – Please complete the registration form and email to clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 23rd March

Please note, a cancellation fee of £100 will be charged to both partner and non-partner delegates in the event of non-attendance without notice after 5pm on 15th May 2018.

Introduction to Evaluation Online: 16 April – 13 May 2018

Do you need to demonstrate the impact of projects in your organisation?

Do you want to improve the design and implementation of your programmes?

Are you tasked with carrying out an evaluation, but don’t know where to start?

Consider enrolling in our four-week online course run by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy to address these challenges. It is aimed at staff in frontline services at NHS Trusts, CCGs and Local Authorities, who have limited experience conducting service evaluations.

After participating in this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to undertake your own evaluation of a local programme or service. Inspired by the content of our popular face-to-face evaluation course, the online course will cover:

  • Different types of evaluation, including their pros and cons

  • How to select suitable methods and approaches for evaluating a local programme or service

  • Practical skills and tips in using evaluation methods and approaches

  • Ways of sharing your evaluation findings to make an impact

Teaching will be delivered entirely online, by expert tutors. You’ll learn by watching videocasts; interacting through activities and questions; and learning from others by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step. You’ll also develop a plan for a real life evaluation you may have to conduct.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

Staff from NHS trusts, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups who need to evaluate local programmes or services as part of their work. The course is not aimed at academics or researchers.

What preparation is needed?

Participants should attend the course with an evaluation in mind that they may have to carry out.  No previous knowledge of evaluation is required, or experience of study design and statistics.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they undertake at least 80% of the course activities.

Dates – Monday 16 April – Sunday 13 May 2018.

Learning hours 3 hours per week (12 hours in total)

Cost – £100 for staff working in NIHR CLAHRC North Thames partner organisations (please click here to see a list of our partners). There is a delegate fee of £250 for other attendees.

Registration – Registration will open in February 2018, when an application form will be available here. Applications will be selected to ensure a diverse range of participants.

Please note, a cancellation fee of £100 will be charged to both partner and non-partner delegates in the event of non-attendance without notice after 5pm, Sunday 8th April 2018.

 

For more information, and to be added to our mailing list, please contact clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk

Introduction to Evaluation Workshop – June 2017

The CLAHRC Academy held its latest installment of the popular Introduction to Evaluation workshop on Tuesday 13 June.

 

With 28 delegates from a wide range of NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and CCGs, there was in-depth discussion and engagement around all aspects of the evaluation process.

Throughout the day, delegates applied what they had learnt to create their own plans for service evaluations, and shared ideas and experiences with tutors and each other.

A few comments from our participants:

Vey engaging, I particularly enjoyed/liked the exercises after each session.”

A good comprehnsive overview of evaluation technniques“.

Very professional & informative. Useful & applicable to the work I do.”

Thank you to all those who attended – your engaged participation made for a very interesting workshop.

Interested in attending this course? We will be running the Introduction to Evaluation workshop again on 13 December 2017: click here for details.

Want to keep up to date with news on our upcoming courses? Email us at at Clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk to be added to our mailing list.

Introduction to Economic Evaluation Workshop

On 22 March, the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy held its first face-to-face course of 2017, with a workshop on Economic Evaluation held by Professor Stephen Morris, Dr Elena Pizzo, Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, Nishma Patel and Nicholas Swart, all from UCL.

The workshop was oversubscribed, and on the day, we had 28 participants with specialists from a wide range of organisations including GPs, hospitals, public health departments, and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Throughout the day, the tutors guided the delegates through the essential aspects of designing an economic evaluation of a health service or intervention. Session topics included measuring costs, measuring outcomes and measuring cost-effectiveness, with practical exercises to supplement the theory.

 

Tutors (from left to right): Estela Capelas Barbosa, Elena Pizzo, Stephen Morris and Nick Swart

In the afternoon, delegates discussed in groups the economic evaluations they are planning to carry out, and had the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues from across different sectors and organisations. The wealth and range of experience in the room led to many interesting in-depth discussions, and shed light on a variety of issues and perspectives.

Many thanks to all the delegates who attended!

 

Very comprehensive course and very high level of subject knowledge in the teaching team

Excellent coverage and pace. Assumes a capable audience and provides a stimulating day.”

Really helpful introduction to concepts and will really help with own project

We were really pleased to receive positive feedback from participants, and are in the process of planning the next Introduction to Economic Evaluation workshop to be held on 8 November 2017 – details coming soon. Visit our Academy page to find out more about us and our other upcoming workshops.

To find out about future Academy courses visit our website or email clahrc.norththames@ucl.ac.uk to join our mailing list.

Introduction to Evaluation Workshop – June 13 2017

 

The NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy has just opened applications for its next short course – Introduction to Evaluation, to be held on June 13, 2017.

Do you need to demonstrate the impact of projects in your organisation?
Do you want to improve the design and implementation of your programmes?
Are you tasked with carrying out an evaluation, but don’t know where to start?

This one day, hands-on Introduction to Evaluation workshop addresses these challenges, and covers the skills and knowledge needed to undertake your own evaluation of a local programme or service. Aimed at staff from NHS Trusts, CCGs and Local Authorities, this workshop requires no previous experience of study design, statistics or evaluation.

To find out more about this one day course and how to apply, please click here.