Date(s) - 15/11/2019
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Hodgkin Building
Newcomen St

This course is intended for those who have an understanding of basic statistical techniques and methods (including hypothesis testing) and wish to use a statistical package to analyse data. SPSS is perhaps the easiest of the major statistical packages to use.

Course description

The following areas will be covered:

  • Data files – Creating data files in SPSS, Importing data from Excel
  • Variable manipulation and management
  • Descriptive statistics including Frequencies, bar chart, pie chart, Median, mean, range, quartiles, standard deviation, histogram, boxplot
  • Inferential statistics including Standard error & confidence interval for the mean, comparison of means (t-test, ANOVA), Non-parametric comparisons (Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney), Categorical data comparisons (chi-square, Fishers), Correlation and linear regression
  • Output issues
  • Create an SPSS file and understand its structure.

Learning objectives

By the end of the session, course students should be able to:

  • Perform basic descriptive and inferential statistical procedures
  • Create new variables and perform analyses on selected parts of the dataset
  • Edit charts and organise output

All participants will be given a 100-page SPSS workbook.

Who can attend?

The courses are free for health care professionals employed by organisations associated with the National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas’ and King’s College London:

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

Places are booked on a first come, first served basis. If the module is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list and if a place becomes available you will contacted at the latest 72 hours beforehand.

Non Attendance Policy

The courses in this programme are very popular and are often oversubscribed. If you are unable to attend a course you are booked on to you must notify us 72 hours in advance so we can offer the place to someone else.

If you do not attend on the day and are unable to provide a satisfactory explanation you may be removed from future course bookings.

For further information please contact the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC Research Training Programme at