There are a number of training tools available related to different aspects of research, depending on whether you:
- want to learn how to talk to patients about taking part in research, including a short video on offering study participation
- need advice to help student researchers get it right first time
- are looking for training on Getting Involved, Research Methods & Tools, Essential Research Skills (like GCP and Informed Consent in research), or Patient and Public Involvement.
Free courses are available to ELFT staff from a variety of sources, including our research support service Noclor, the NIHR Applied Research Council (ARC) North Thames, and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Have you, or someone you know, ever wondered what health research is and what it involves? Do you want to know what the common myths are and explore ways to get involved? Would you like to hear from people who have taken part in health research and learn why they volunteered?
The course runs for three weeks and new learners can join at any time.
To find out more about the course and to join, please follow the link to the course homepage.
This session is for clinical researchers who are new to the role of Principal Investigator and for researchers who expect to have a principal investigator role in the near future. It has been specifically designed to impart the regulatory requirements and GCP guidelines of the role and to help develop the skills needed to effectively comply within clearly defined functions. All sessions are interactive with a participative learning approach through discussion and case studies with a practical approach to the legal responsibilities and obligations of important role. Find out more here.
Do you have an idea for a service evaluation or research idea in the early stages? If you'd like to talk to an NIHR ARC researcher about developing your idea or collecting your data then sign up for a one-to-one slot on Tuesday afternoons. Sign up through the online support page.
Need some peer pressure to help you get the job done? Join a network of early career researchers and PhD students in the NIHR ARC North Thames region on Monday or Friday and set aside some quiet time to work on your submissions. If you are an early career researcher or PhD student in the health or social care sectors and would like to join our network, please get in touch to get involved.
This webinar is part of the Activating Research series, presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. This webinar provides an introduction to research planning and the support that is available to researchers from the NIHR. This includes:
- the role of the Research Partnership Team (RPT) in the collaboration in designing responsive applied research;
- the assistance available to researchers from the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) London through the various stages of research design and funding applications; and
- the Clinical Research Network (CRN) support for workplace development and delivering studies.
To access the recording of the session, please click here.
This webinar is part of the Activating Research series, presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. This training session provides an overview of what research is, how to become a research leader and opportunities for getting involved in research through your trust and organisation. By the end of the session, you will: (1) have a better understanding of the importance of research; and (2) be able to identify the pathways to developing a research project and potentially career. To access the recording of the session, please click here.
This webinar is part of the Activating Research series, presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. The presentations cover different routes for disseminating your findings, the different topics of applied research (clinical, public health, social care), how to showcase your work, and how to include patients and research participants in writing up and sharing research. This training session was recorded and can be viewed here.
2. Research Methods & Tools
Thematic Analysis is a widely used and popular method of analysing qualitative data in many different disciplines. It is a type of analysis which focuses on identifying patterns in meaning across different sources of data to answer a research question or explore a concept.
This course uses a hands-on and practical approach to introduce you to how to do thematic analysis within healthcare research. Across 3 sessions we will introduce the philosophy and paradigm of qualitative research, before using real research data to understand how to manage, code, analyse and report data within this method.
All three sessions have been recorded and can be accessed online:
Narrative Synthesis is a type of approach used to systematically review findings from multiple research studies. This approach primarily focuses on the words/text and can be used to answer a wide range of research questions. The training session firstly starts with placing narrative synthesis into a wider context of meta-synthesis. It covers its background, related definitions as well as different types of meta-synthesis. The later part of the training session provides an in-depth look at narrative synthesis. The session has been recorded. Click here to access the presentation slides.
This free online webinar will:
- Introduce the concepts of reproducibility and replicability in research
- Show examples of replication problems from research in psychology, epidemiology, and health care
- Explain how mis-use of statistics can produce false conclusions
- De-mystify the idea of “statistical significance”
- Show simple examples of good practice in the use of statistical hypothesis tests
- Illuminate us in how to detect some types of questionable statistical methods in published research
To stream the recording, please click here.
Critical appraisal skills are crucial to implementing evidence-based healthcare. This one-day course is designed by the Library and Knowledge Team for Trainees in Psychiatry. It includes two ½ day workshops on quantitative and qualitative research evidence. The purpose of these workshop is to introduce critical appraisal, to describe the major features of quantitative and qualitative research and to appraise a quantitative and a qualitative research paper. Find out more here.
Intended for those who would like to gain basic skills to search for evidence-based literature, the purpose of this workshop is to introduce the concept of literature searching through Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) interface, to demonstrate some of the features of the healthcare databases and to offer basic skills required to search these databases. Find out more here.
This webinar, presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy, is part of a series focusing on adapting study methods for remote qualitative research. Over the past year online focus groups have become the new ‘normal’. This webinar focuses on carrying out focus groups using a range of digital platforms. To access the recording of the session, please click here
This webinar, presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy, is part of a series focusing on adapting study methods for remote qualitative research. In this session, Marnie Howlett (LSE) discussed lessons learnt from having to move her international fieldwork in Ukraine online, highlighting the new forms of knowledge that come from looking at the field through a ‘Zoom’ lens. To access the recording of the session, please click here
This webinar is aimed at Early Career Researchers. It covers the following topics:
- What is open science?
- How can we make our research open?
- Why is open science important for early career researchers?
- What are the benefits of adopting open science practices?
- What are the challenges in adopting open science practices?
The webinar was hosted by the NIHR ARC North Thames Academy Early Career Researchers Network. To access the recording of the session, please click here.
3. Essential Study Management Skills
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is a key requirement for individuals involved in clinical research, and is designed to ensure that those involved in conducting a trial are qualified by education, training and experience to perform their respective tasks. There are several options:
- National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Online GCP training courses are free and available to NHS, UK universities, and other publicly funded organisations conducting and supporting clinical research. Courses are accessed via their learning platform NIHR Learn
- MRC offers an e-learning module Good research practice: Principles and guidelines. This course is intended to support local induction material for new starters, and act as a reminder and entry point into the GRP document for more established staff, and will take about an hour to complete.
- Self-guided online course from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
An eLearning course from MRC introducing MRC's expectations for good research practice. It is a series of 10 bite-sized e-learning modules accompanied by a collection of resources to help researchers get to grips with the principles of GDPR and the common law of confidentiality for research. You must create an account to complete the training. Find out more here.
This course allows delegates to develop a strategy for efficiently managing the informed consent process in an ethical and legal framework. Delegates will be given guidance on writing and amending documentation, dealing with the special requirements of vulnerable groups, and understanding the roles and responsibilities of the clinical research team throughout the consent process. Find out more.
This is a one-day interactive workshop for research nurses, site co-ordinators and associated staff who are experienced in the field of clinical research and have a need to address critical issues that threaten the effectiveness of their role and their research programmes. This course will directly address those issues and through agreed action plans aim to provide resolution within local and legislative frameworks. Find out more.
This course is designed for clinical researchers involved in document collection and review through management of the TMF and ISF. Using a blend of trainer input, group discussion, and practical workshops this course will allow delegates to develop a greater awareness of the scope and variety of essential documents through technical review and quality processes. Find out more.
4. Patient and Public Involvement in Research
This free, online toolkit by the Centre for Ethnic Health Research and NIHR CRN East Midlands provides researchers with a framework to improve the participation in research, making it more diverse and inclusive. It will help you develop more relevant research questions, consider engagement of different ethnicities in a more structured way and provide tips on better participation and dissemination of research findings. Click here to access.
This webinar is part of the Activating Research series, presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. This webinar provides as an introduction to Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) and co-production. It also broadly covers what it is, who is involved, why it is important, and how it can be done effectively. To access the recording of the session, please click here.