Training Opportunities

RDCS Building Blocks of a Successful Grant Application 202

For NHS and social care employees in Wales interested in applying for research funding.

Venue: Online via Teams
Date: Thursday 1 July 2021
Time: 1-3.30pm

  • Are you employed in the NHS or a social care organisation in Wales?
  • Are you planning to apply for research funding?

We are running a workshop (via Teams) on the afternoon of Thursday 1st July from 1-3.30pm.

The workshop will focus on key aspects of successful grant applications to fund research in the NHS and social care. We will discuss how to put together a high-quality grant application, and use examples of grants and feedback from funding panels to illustrate how to maximize your chances of success.

You will gain insight into some key components of an application; the event will be a mix of presentations and smaller group discussions with input from a range of contributors with expertise in the area. RDCS consultants with experience in grant writing, study design and management, quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics will be accessible to provide tips and feedback on your individual project.

The workshop is free to attend.

There will be mini breakout sessions to ask questions, in addition to short presentations, and therefore the number of attendees will be limited.

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JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training

Date : 21 June - 25 June 2021

To develop, conduct and report comprehensive systematic reviews in order to provide the strongest possible evidence to inform decision making or clinical guidelines in healthcare.

Our 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.

Who is the course designed for?
• Healthcare professionals
• Postgraduate healthcare students and researchers
• Policy makers
What are the course aims?
• Develop a focused question
• Identify the evidence to answer that question
• Assess the quality/validity of the identified evidence using JBI tools
• Decide what form of evidence synthesis is the most appropriate
• Develop a strategy to implement the results into practice
What will the course cover?
• Introduction to systematic reviewing and developing a protocol using JBI software
• Literature searching and selection of studies
• Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative data
• Data extraction
• Meta-analysis or narrative synthesis
• Writing the report

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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:

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: