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)

08/05/18 - Cardiff
29/05/18 - Wrexham
06/06/18 - Cardiff

Good Clinical Practice Refresher (half day)

22/05/18 - Cardiff
30/05/18 - Bangor

Valid Informed Consent in Research

18/06/18 - Cardiff
28/08/18 - Bangor

Valid Informed Consent in Research Involving Adults Lacking Capacity


Valid Informed Consent in Paediatric Setting

20/06/19 - Cardiff

First Steps: members of the public and researcher working together

14/03/18 - Conwy

Managing Essential Documents in Research

26/06/18 - Cardiff
04/09/18 - Bangor
10/10/18 - Cardiff

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

11/05/18 - Cardiff
09/11/18 - Cardiff

Communication Skills in Research 2 – Managing challenges and difficult behaviour

11/07/18 - Cardiff
31/01/19 - Cardiff

Communicating about Phase 1 and 2 Trials


Communicating with Research Participants: Be competent and confident

13/04/18 - Cardiff
08/11/18 - Cardiff

An Introduction to AcoRD

23/05/18 - Cardiff

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


An Introduction to Research Methods

25/05/18 - Cardiff

Cancer Researchers’ Introductory Course


Cancer biology and targeted treatments: de-mystifying the science


Health economics for public health practice & research

Date: 19 - 21 March 2018
Venue: Bangor University
Cost: £775

Open to public and third sector professionals with an interest in public health practice, this course will facilitate delegates' understanding of the concepts, methods and application of health economics. Read more and enrol

Conducting a Systematic Review: a practical guide

Date: 09 –12 April 2018
Venue: Specialist Unit for Review Evidence, Cardiff University, Heath Park Campus
Course Fee: £750(Reduced fee of £650 available for Cardiff University staff/students)
An early bird discount of £50 is available to all who enrol before 31st January 2018

Course Objectives

An intensive four-day course to introduce you to the necessary skills to complete a systematic review.

  • Introduction to systematic reviewing and developing a protocol
  • Literature searching and selection of studies
  • Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Extracting data
  • Meta-analysis or narrative synthesis
  • Reporting and disseminating results
Interactive Skill Development

Participants come to the course with a research topic and leave with a draft protocol for their systematic review.

Study Methods
  • Small group teaching
  • Workshops
  • Interactive tutorials with hands-on practical work
  • Group work
Target Audience

The course will appeal to all those interested in undertaking a systematic review, of particular relevance to those with a healthcare background.

  • Postgraduate researchers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Information specialists and librarians
  • Policy makers

Cardiff University’s specialist team has extensive experience of undertaking reviews and teaching evidence-based methodologies.

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Pharmacoeconomics course

Date: 12 - 13 April 2018
Venue: Bangor University
Cost: £750

This course offers a comprehensive overview of pharmaceconomic evaluation and health technology assessment methods available within the NHS.

The course is for pharmacists, clinicians, allied health professionals, postgraduate students and others with an interest in pharmacoeconomics and health technology assessment. Read more and register

Contexts, Mechanisms and Beyond! Realist Methodology in Health & Care Research

Date: 14 April 2018
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Venue: Bangor University
Cost: £90.00

Are you involved in research which uses a realist approach?

Then sign up for this interactive and reflective day, with opportunities to share experiences and learn about realist methodology.

The day will consist of a keynote presentation by Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone and a series of workshops on current and recent realist enquiry. Read more and book

Health Services Research Summer School

Date: 2 July 2018 - 6 July 2018
Venue: Bangor University
Cost: To be announced

The Bangor University Health Services Research Summer School provides a series of masterclasses in which delegates interact with, and learn from, leaders and team members engaged in specialist areas of healthcare research.

The sessions will provide valuable insights into the range of approaches undertaken to answer current research questions. Read more and register

Qualitative methods training


11th May 2018  

“I go on a lot of training courses. This was one of the best I have been to! So rarely do you get practical experience whilst training. Excellently structured and facilitated course.”
This one day course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students who want to develop skills in organising and facilitating focus groups and in analysing focus group data. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background.  The course is suitable for those with little or no understanding of focus group method as well as those wishing to review and broaden existing skills. Practical exercises and small group work will be used throughout the course to develop competence in designing topic guides, moderating focus groups and analysing data. 


16th May 2018 

This one-day course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students who have little or no experience of qualitative interviewing.  Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background.  Previous courses have attracted researchers from a wide range of disciplines including health professionals, social scientists and educators.  The only requirements are an interest in qualitative interviewing and the desire to conduct better interviews. The course provides hands on practical experience of different qualitative interviewing skills.


17th-18th May 2018

This two day course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students who are planning to undertake or manage qualitative research using in-depth or semi structured interviews or those who have already collected qualitative interview data which they are unsure how to analyse.  Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background.  The course introduces the principles and practice of qualitative interview data analysis, with particular emphasis on thematic analysis techniques. It uses a combination of practical workshops, group discussions and formal lectures. The course also gives an overview of other approaches to qualitative analysis. 


23-27 April 2018

This one week course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students with little or no understanding of qualitative research methods. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background.  The course provides hands on practical experience of different qualitative methods including in-depth interviewing, focus groups and ethnography, as well as developing skills in thematic analysis. It is particularly suited for people who are starting work on a project with a qualitative dimension, doctoral students at the beginning of their projects, and those who are thinking about using qualitative research methods. The course also provides a useful introduction/refresher for researchers, academics, or managers who are supervising students or staff doing qualitative research projects.    

For more information about other qualitative courses, please visit the main webpage: 

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.

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


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