Our BRC runs research method courses to help healthcare professionals design and conduct high quality research studies.  The next set of dates for these sessions will be advertised in September 2017

The courses cover:

  1. Quantitative research methods
  2. Qualitative research methods
  3. General issues in conducting research
  4. Finding evidence sessions

These sessions run in spring and autumn each year. The courses are free and only accessible to healthcare professionals employed by the following organisations:

  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College London
  • St George’s University of London

How to book

To book onto a session click ‘book online’ next to the session title.  Alternatively, you can download a Booking form 2017 and email it to BRCTraining@gstt.nhs.uk. Download a course Training Booklet Spring 2017 here.   These sessions are finished now until Spetember 2017.  All places need to be booked in advance. Please do not attend on the day without prior booking as we hold waiting lists for each session and will fill every available place.

Please note:  Since the programme was started in 2010, the modules have usually been oversubscribed. Unfortunately, the programme has suffered absences without sufficient notice to allow applicants on the waiting list to fill the vacant place.

In order to encourage participants unable to attend to cancel and so enable their place to filled, we have introduced a two-strike rule. This will be triggered if you fail to attend classes that you have booked on two occasions, with any future bookings being cancelled.

We understand that unforeseen clinical work pressures can prevent attendance at short notice, so two instances of non-attendance are permissible before this takes place.

NB We require a minimum of 72 hours’ notice if you are unable to attend.

Quantitative Research Methods

Linear regression – does the value of one variable predict the value of another?
This is an introductory course for anyone interested in correlation and linear regression. The course will be useful to researchers who need to use correlation and linear regression analysis for data analysis, and for readers of the medical literature who need a better understanding of its meaning. Attendees will also get insights into the workings principles underlying all regression techniques. The use of specific statistical packages will not be covered.
Attendees should attend the introductory sessions on statistics, or have an equivalent level of knowledge, before attending this course.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 1.5 hrs
Speaker: Dr Yanzhong Wang
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 30

Health economics and evaluation in healthcare
This short course will introduce basic ideas of economic evaluation of healthcare interventions. In particular, participants will learn about the different economic evaluation techniques available to assess the costs and benefits of a healthcare intervention along with the measures to present the results of economic evaluations.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Speaker: James Shearer
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 30

Introduction to Statistical Data Management using SPSS Syntax
High quality datasets are essential for statistical analysis. This course is to introduce quantitative researchers, responsible for their own data collection, to techniques in preparing the final database for analysis. SPSS syntax will be used to illustrate the various techniques
Attendees will be expected to be familiar with using spreadsheets for data entry and have a basic understanding of statistics.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: Session 1 (theory) – 2.5 hours, Session 2 (practical) – 3 hours
Speaker: Bolaji Coker
Venue: Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Hospital
Session style: Lecture & computer practice
Number of places: 15

Quantitative data analysis Part 1
An introduction to basic statistical methods. This is a two part course and attendees should attend both sessions
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3 hrs
Speaker: Dr Abdel Douiri
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 30

Quantitative data analysis Part 2
An introduction to basic statistical methods. Attendance at part 1 is required before attending part 2.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3 hrs
Speaker: Dr Salma Ayis
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 30

Introduction to Critical Appraisal of Quantitative Data Analysis
This module aims to cover the basics of critically appraising quantitative research. It is not intended to cover statistical analyses in detail.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Speaker: Jane Pothecary and John Woodcock
Session style: Seminar (pre-reading essential)
Number of places: 20
All attendees should read the pre-course reading material, which will be provided prior to the course.

Quantitative Data Analysis: Multivariable Analysis
Introduction to logistic regression with a particular focus on ‘best practice’ in terms of formulating and reporting statistical models
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3 hrs
Speaker: Dr Salma Ayis
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 20

Introduction to Meta Analysis
An introduction for anyone who is interested in finding out about how evidence from several studies on the same topic can be usefully combined. Concepts are explained through presentation of a real example and no mathematical formulae are presented
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3 hrs
Speaker: Dr Salma Ayis
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 30

Introduction to SPSS
This session is an introduction to conducting basic statistical analysis using SPSS. This course is only open to GSTFT staff who do not hold a joint appointment with KCL. If staff hold a joint appointment with KCL they can attend SPSS training sessions organised via ISS [http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/training/])
All booking on this course must have attended the 2 parts of the Quantitative Data analysis course or have a good understanding of statistical theory, particularly inferential statistics.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 7 hrs
Speaker: Dr Derek Cooper
Venue: Waterloo Campus
Session style: Lecture & computer practice
Number of places: 15


Qualitative Research Methods

Introduction to Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Data Analysis
This module aims to cover the basics of critically appraising qualitative research. It is not intended to cover statistical analyses in detail.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Speaker: Tom Edge and John Woodcock
Session style: Seminar (pre-reading essential)
Number of places: 20
All attendees should read the pre-course reading material, which will be provided prior to the course.

General Issues in Conducting Research

Introduction to survey design and sampling methods
The course will provide an introduction to the different survey designs (i.e. cross-sectional, longitudinal) including the advantages and disadvantages of each. The course will discuss and compare the different methods and modes of data collection, and identify major sources of measurement error. The different methods of sampling will be considered focusing on methods used in official surveys. The course includes an overview of stratification, clustering and multi-stage sampling. The course will use case studies and exercises to illustrate the practicalities of survey design, sampling, and data processing.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3 hrs
Speaker : Alex Dregan
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 20

Introduction to missing data analysis
The course will provide an introduction to conceptual and practical issues related to the issues of missing data and the choice of strategy for handling missing data. The course will illustrate the shortcomings of ad-hoc procedures for dealing with missing data.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3hrs
Speaker: Alex Dregan
Venue: Hodgkin Building
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 20

Evaluation of Diagnostics Tests and Prediction Models
This is an introductory course for anyone who is interested in finding out about mathematical tools related to the development of diagnostic and prognostic models in clinical practice.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3 hrs
Speaker: Dr Clare Flach
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 20

Implementing Patient and Public Involvement
The course will provide participants with an understanding of the methods to involve users in the various stages of the research process. Participants will be provided with real examples and advice on the key factors to consider when planning and implementing user involvement, for example timescale, budget and objectives.

You must have either attended the introductory course ‘User Involvement in Research’ or attempted user involvement in research on at least one occasion prior to this workshop.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Speaker: Claire O’Neill and Aris Komporozo
Session style: Lecture & group work
Number of places: 20

Performing observational research – an introduction to sources of error in a study and the different observational study designs
Most clinical research is observational in design. This course is designed for those designing, conducting, analysing or interpreting observational (non-interventional) epidemiological studies concerned with disease aetiology, or for readers of the medical literature who need a better understanding of the various study designs.
Date: TBC Autumn 2017
Time:
Duration: 3 hrs
Speaker: Dr Manu Shankar Hari
Session style: Lecture
Number of places: 20

The following sessions available for Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust staff on searching and appraising resources:

  • Introduction to healthcare databases for NHS staff
  • A hands-on introduction to MEDLINE, CINAHL and other NHS resources, including planning searches
  • Introduction to critical appraisal
    Learn about the different levels of evidence and find out about resources available to help you to critically appraise a piece of research. Includes group discussion of an article.

The above sessions are currently available on request, as one-to-one or group sessions (except critical appraisal which is for groups only).
For further information please see: www.kcl.ac.uk/library/nhs/training