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)
19/09/19 - Cardiff

Good Clinical Practice Refresher (half day)
14/08/19 - Cardiff

Valid Informed Consent in Research
04/11/2019 - Wrexham

Deferred Consent Workshop
08/11/18 - University Hospital of Wales

First Steps: members of the public and researcher working together
10/12/19 - Cardiff

Managing Essential Documents in Research
05/09/19 - Cardiff

Communication Skills in Research 1 – Creating and Maintaining Effective Working Relationships
26/11/19 - Cardiff

Communication Skills in Research 2 – Managing challenges and difficult behaviour
29/07/19 - Cardiff

First Steps: members of the public and researchers working together
10/12/19 - Cardiff

Valid Informed Consent in Research
04/11/2019 - Wrexham

To register for any one of these training events click here

Cardiff Motivational Interviewing Workshops


MI Intermediate workshop: Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th July 2019

Led by Stephen Rollnick
Places are still available for this 2-day workshop. This workshop will start with an overview of the foundations of MI and its core skills. The level will be lifted via opportunity to practice, reflect and address topics like skilful advice-giving, and the internal state of the practitioner.  Newcomers to MI can attend and are advised to do some preparation which we are happy to guide.  Further details and on-line registration can be found here.


MI in Weight Management: Wed 10th & Thurs 11th July 2019

Led by Orla Adams with support from Stephen Rollnick 

This could be the first of its kind: a deep dive into weight management using MI. It is a 2-day workshop that will interest people working in and around healthcare who address weight management as part of their everyday work. Orla Adams has considerable experience of weight management consultations, motivational interviewing and training others to use this style and associated skills to best advantage. Stephen Rollnick will provide overviews at key moments. The workshop will also cover planning and goal setting, and the conduct of weight management group discussions. Further details and on-line registration can be found here.

MI for Schools and other youth settings: Mon 25th November 2019

Led by Andy Williams and Stephen Rollnick

This is a first of its kind: a tailor-made workshop that addresses the use of MI in and around schools and the classroom.  Andy Williams has considerable experience of teaching, often in deprived communities, and from his work as a Deputy Head of a comprehensive school, he has worked on the integration of a restorative approach and MI to bring about culture change and more. Stephen Rollnick will support him in the delivery of a workshop that is grounded in everyday classroom and conversation experience.  Further details and on-line registration can be found here. 

MI IN SPORT: Late November, 2019, London

Led by Stephen Rollnick

Forthcoming…  The plan here is to enter the world of sport with a general introduction to how MI might fit in. If you are interested in this workshop please contact us here. This workshop is in line with the new book we have just written for coaches and all involved in conversations with athletes, including parents (Coaching Athletes to be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sports, due out in November 2019)

MI Intermediate workshop: Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th January 2020

Led by Stephen Rollnick

This workshop will start with an overview of the foundations of MI and its core skills. The level will be lifted via opportunity to practice, reflect and address topics like skilful advice-giving, and the internal state of the practitioner.  Newcomers to MI can attend and are advised to do some preparation which we are happy to guide Further details and on-line registration can be found here.

MI IN MENTAL HEALTH: Thursday 12th & Friday 13th March, 2020, London.

Led by Rory Allott, with Stephen Rollnick

This really a date for the diary.  A venue in London has been booked. Details to follow on

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

Date: 08 - 12 July 2019
Venue:Bangor University

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:


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