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.

The full programme of training available is available at:

Forthcoming Schedule

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

12/03/19 - Cardiff
19/03/19 - Swansea
04/04/19 - Cardiff

Good Clinical Practice Refresher (half day)

14/02/19 - Aberystwyth
27/02/19 - Cardiff
06/03/19 - Cardiff

Valid Informed Consent in Research

05/02/19 - Cardiff
16/04/19 - Cardiff
13/06/19 - Cardiff

Deferred Consent Workshop

08/11/18 - University Hospital of Wales

First Steps: members of the public and researcher working together

29/01/19 - Cardiff

Managing Essential Documents in Research

12/02/19 - Cardiff
05/03/19 - Swansea
27/06/19 - Cardiff


07/03/19 - Cardiff

An Introduction to AcoRD

29/01/19 - Cardiff

Medical Devices: Research practice and the new regulation (MDR)

20/03/19 - Cardiff

Communication Skills in Research 1 – Creating and Maintaining Effective Working Relationships

16/05/2019 - Cardiff

Communication Skills in Research 2 – Managing challenges and difficult behaviour


Communicating with Research Participants: Be competent and confident


An Introduction to Research Methods


Foundation in Research Practice - 2 day course


Sponsorship Responsibilities


Valid Informed Consent in Research Involving Adults Lacking Capacity


Involving the public in the design and conduct of research Building Research Partnerships


Involving children and young people in the design and conduct of research


Communicating about Phase 1 and 2 Trials


Cancer Researchers’ Introductory Course


Cancer biology and targeted treatments: de-mystifying the science


Developing a range of methods for the economic evaluation of dental services: Widening the perspective

Date: 5 February 2019
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Venue: Ardudwy Hall, Bangor University

Professor Rhiannon Edwards and Dr Victory Ezeofor from the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME), Bangor University, invite you to a symposium to discuss economic evaluation methods on dental care. Read more and register.

Health Economics for Public Health Practice & Research

Date: 8-10 April 2019
Venue: Bangor University
Cost: Various

Building on 20 years of our experience in teaching health economics to public health practitioners and those undertaking research in public health. At the end of this short course delegates will have gained an appreciation of the concepts, methods and application of health economics to public health, be able to critically appraise a published economic evaluation of a public health intervention and feel confident in speaking about potential return on investment from public health programmes in the NHS and other settings such as schools and work places.

Who is this course for?

Public Health Practitioners, Health Economists, Nurses, Other Health Care Professionals, Local Authority and Third Sector Staff Interested in Public Health, and Health and Social Care Researchers.

We will cover:

  • Public Health Preventative Strategies
  • An Overview of Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
  • Challenges of Applying Health Economics to the Public Health
  • How we can use RCTs in the Economic Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
  • Decision Modelling in Public Health
  • Decision Modelling in Public Health (introductory session and advanced session)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis in Public Health
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • Programme Budgeting Marginal Analysis (PBMA)
  • Valuing Nature in Public Health and the Circular Economy

Read more and register

JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review training

Dates: 27 April - 1 May 2019 (participants can attend 3 or 5 days)
Venue: Cardiff University
Price: £900.00

JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review (CSR) Training Program is designed to prepare researchers and clinicians to develop, conduct and report comprehensive systematic reviews of qualitative and quantitative evidence, following the Joanna Briggs Institute approach and using the Joanna Briggs Institute SUMARI software.

Enquiries: To book a place on the CSR training programme please e-mail

For enquiries about our consultancy services and training opportunities, please contact Dr Judith Carrier.

Further information:

Developing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions



Course Date: 24 to 28 June 2019
Course Location: Glamorgan Building, Cathays Park, Cardiff
Course Fee: £1,125
Course Leads: Dr Jemma Hawkins, Dr Honor Young and Ruth Turley

Brief Overview of the Course:
The aim of this course is to provide you with an introduction to the socio-ecological model of health and how it can be used as a framework for designing public health improvement interventions. You will also learn about different research methods used for developing new interventions, how to develop an intervention ‘logic model’, and how DECIPHer works with policy-makers, health professionals and the public to co-produce interventions.

It will also provide you with a working knowledge of the key frameworks and methodologies currently used to evaluate complex interventions. Teaching will be delivered by experts in the field of public health evaluation, including Dr Graham Moore, (programme lead for complex intervention methodology and Deputy Director of DECIPHer) and Professor Laurence Moore (Director MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit) and you will learn about how to work with other scientists, policy-makers, practitioners and the public to apply for funding to pilot and evaluate the effectiveness of complex interventions.

Who is it for?
Academics, practitioners and policymakers interested in the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions. No prior knowledge is assumed.

What will I learn?

  • The theory and rationale underpinning the socio-ecological model
  • Complex systems perspectives
  • Typologies and examples of complex interventions
  • Research methods and tools for intervention development
  • Logic model development to inform the design and future evaluation of new interventions
  • Methods for involving policy makers, practitioners and the public
  • The MRC framework for evaluating complex interventions
  • The RE-AIM framework for public health intervention
  • MRC process evaluation guidance
  • Pilot trials and feasibility studies
  • Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), including pragmatic, “realist” and policy trials
  • Natural experiments and data linkage
  • Economic evaluation of complex interventions

To book, click here. 

Please contact Zoe Macdonald with any queries at

Health Services Research Summer School

We are now accepting bookings for our 2019 Health Services Research Summer School, to book your place visit here.

What does the Summer School have to offer for you?

  • The Summer School offers participants a unique opportunity to gain access to internationally renowned experts in a range of topic areas, including complex interventions and their evaluation (including clinical trials); realist synthesis and evaluation; health economics, implementation, social care research, public health, ageing and dementia, primary care, language awareness and the service user perspective.

  • The opportunity to present your research in the form of a 10 minute presentation (powerpoint, oral or poster) and further 5 minutes of questions from other delegates. Prizes awarded for the best presentations!
  • CPD hours
  • A certificate of attendance
  • A summer school dinner with delegates and session leads
  • Refreshments

Further information:

Pharmacoeconomics short course

Date: 12 - 13 September 2019
Venue: The Management Centre, Bangor University

This course offers a comprehensive overview of pharmacoeconomic evaluation and health technology assessment methods for those working within the NHS or with an interest about how these decisions are made. Read more and register.

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

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:


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