Training Opportunities

Health Care Research Wales Training 

The Health and Care Research Wales Support Centre provides a high-quality Wales-wide training programme to support excellence in health and social care research studies.

In response to UK government’s guidelines in response to COVID-19 outbreak, we will not be holding face-to-face training throughout Wales until advised otherwise.

However, e-learning courses are available and you can complete the training in your own time.

The Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and GCP Refresher sessions are CPD accredited, the certificate can be downloaded on completion of the course.

We are working to extend the library of e-learning available from Health and Care Research Wales, please return to this page to check for updates.

Further information:

The Bevan Commission are excited to announce that the Innovation Intensive Learning Week is back – and this time in person!

5-9 December 2022

In partnership with the All-Wales Intensive Learning Academy for Innovation in Health and Social Care, this year’s event will build on the success of last year’s online event, but will be held in person at the Taliesin in Swansea University, from the 5th- 9th December with an evening meal on the 7th December at the historic Brangwyn Hall.

Taking time out to step back and think, share innovative practices and receive support from peers and experts to address your own personal challenge is extremely important in order to ensure our health and care services are fit for the future. This week offers you that opportunity to challenge, change and champion new ways of working and add to both your career progression and personal development.

This is a unique opportunity for you to:

  • Meet and learn from international experts in health and care 
  • Share innovative thinking and best practice with leaders in health and care  
  • Step back from day-to-day work and receive support to develop solutions to your own workplace challenges 

For further information, please visit the Intensive Learning Week page on the Bevan Commission website

Who should attend? 

  • Health and care workers at all levels in health and care systems, local government and third sector 
  • People working in companies or organisations on health and care-related products, services or priorities 


Individuals who work in health, social care and the third sector in Wales will have their fees covered in full by a scholarship provided by the Welsh Government. 

Individuals working outside of Wales or on health and care-related services or products within the private sector will also be able to benefit from this unique opportunity and are encouraged to attend. The cost to attend is £1,500. 

To sign up for the Intensive Learning Week, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

Motivational Interviewing: Introductory and refresher

2-day workshop

Date: Thursday 30th March and Friday 31st March 2023, 9.30 am – 5 pm
Venue: SWALEC Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 9XR.
Trainers: Orla Adams & Stephen Rollnick

This 2-day workshop will be of interest to people in diverse settings and circumstances where conversations about change are an everyday reality. It will include a basic overview of motivational interviewing (MI) with opportunities for further exploration of how MI skills can be developed. 

The workshop will include:

  • An overview of MI and it’s foundations in good practice
  • The core skills, four processes in change conversations and change language
  • MI-consistent advice giving
  • Opportunities to practice with feedback

A wide range of learning methods will be used to create an enjoyable atmosphere for learning and sharing ideas. These will include demonstration, video observation, brief content lectures, discussion, and focused practice.

This two-day workshop will be led by Orla Adams RD with contributions by Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D. It will be an introduction to Motivational Interviewing for some participants and a refresher for those people who have attended MI training previously. 

The Trainers

Orla Adams, RD. is a registered Dietitian originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland and now living in Cardiff, Wales. She has 25 years’ experience working in the NHS and specialising in weight management.  She delivers MI training for multiple disciplines in health care alongside her NHS work.  Orla became a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) in 2011.  She has served as supportive committee member for MINT UK and Ireland chapter and continues to serve on the Program Planning Committee for the annual international MINT Forum.  Orla completed her training in MICA (Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment) in 2019 and also completed training in learning to use MITI (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity) 4.2.1 in 2020.  Orla is passionate about supporting people to develop their skills and confidence with Motivational Interviewing.

Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist, co-founder of MI and currently Honorary Distinguished Professor in the Cochrane Institute of Public Health and Primary Care, Cardiff University, Wales. He was a practicing mental health psychologist in the UK NHS for 16 years and pioneered the application of MI in health care. Over the last 25 years he has trained practitioners in diverse settings and cultures. He and William Miller have collaborated closely over this period, and produced three editions of the basic text on MI. Along with close colleagues they developed the international MINT network for trainers. Steve’s current work involves a book for schoolteachers, one for sports coaches and consultation and training in sport and healthcare.


This includes:

  • 2 full days of workshop-based training
  • Refreshments and food
  • Parking (limited, pre-booking required)
  • Discount codes to use for optional pre-workshop preparation:

Visit the Cardiff MI workshops website for further information and registration.

Principal Investigator basics

Date: Access on demandLocation: OnlineThis course is designed for those who are new to the role of Principal Investigator (PI) or are interested in becoming a PI. This course defines the responsibilities of a PI leading the conduct of a study at a research site and demonstrates the skills and behaviours required for an effective PI. This course assumes delegates are already working in a research environment and have previously completed an Introduction to Good Clinical Practice.

NIHR Learn

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Learn is an online platform that offers NIHR accredited learning programmes. It offers a range of courses to develop your knowledge of clinical research, and the programmes developed by international leaders from the clinical research field are available to anyone directly employed by the NHS, UK universities and other publicly funded organisations conducting and supporting clinical research.

MSc Clinical Research

The link to the course information and application details is here:

E-learning resources to support you through the COVID-19 pandemic

Information is now available on the newly launched ‘Resources to support you through the COVID-19 pandemic’ area on NIHR Learn.

The current list of resources includes guidance and support in the following areas:

  • Conveying difficult information to patients and relatives
  • Leading in uncertain times
  • Personal resilience 
  • Remote working
  • Understanding the science of COVID-19
  • Wellbeing

Health Research Authority e-learning modules

The Health Research Authority has developed a number of e-learning modules as an aid for researchers, R&D staff, study sponsors, research ethics committee members and the wider research community. Read more

Social Research Association Training

Please see the Social Research Association website for details regarding upcoming training courses


FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions around the world, most of which are free to complete.

For more information and to browse their list of courses, visit the FutureLearn website

NHS Leadership Academy Programmes

The Edward Jenner Programme - Leadership Foundations

Whether you’re new to the NHS or an aspiring leader at the start of your journey, you’re the perfect candidate for the NHS Leadership Academy’s Edward Jenner programme – the foundation of great leaders. It’s free, flexible and enlightening. And with open access, there’s nothing to stop you going for it today.

The programme has been re-designed to offer even more flexibility with two units to complete at your own pace. Launch takes up to five hours,Foundations is designed to be studied over six weeks.

Read more:

Find out more about Launch and Foundations in the video below: