Oct
22
Tue
Training Course: Data Collection, Analysis and Presentation @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is directed at novice researchers who are in the early stages of planning a research project. The course offers practical advice on collecting data, ensuring its accuracy and quality and planning its management including the proposed analysis. Attendees are invited to describe their own projects so the workshop content can be tailored to their needs. Sources of data are described with examples drawn from the facilitator’s own experiences. At the end of the workshop those attending should be able to:

  • Decide what data items are needed and where they can be obtained
  • Be familiar with different sources of data (with examples)
  • Critically appraise data sources
  • Decide what type of data will be collected
  • Prepare a data protocol
  • Be familiar with the steps in managing data
  • Be familiar with the steps in planning the data analysis.

Course places can be booked via Roy Halliday, Research & Development Support Officer, NHS Fife (email roy.halliday@nhs.net).

Oct
24
Thu
Training Course: Preparing a Scientific Poster @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Poster presentations are an increasingly common aspect of academic conferences and research seminars, providing a vehicle for presenting work to peers and initiating discussion.  Maximising the impact of a poster presentation is dependent upon clear representation of what is often complex and detailed information.

This 3-hour workshop provides an overview of the key issues of effective poster design and the methods available for poster production.  It will also provide the opportunity for the preparation of a poster for discussion / critique within the workshop.  Designed to provide participants with a greater understanding of the effective planning processes that will help them produce powerful poster displays, the session will cover:

  • When and where to use a poster
  • Issues to consider when producing a poster
  • Effective layouts – content, text, size, colour & graphics
  • Production techniques and support available
  • Group exercise – producing a poster
  • Hints & tips on producing the perfect poster and common mistakes

Course places can be booked via Roy Halliday, Research & Development Support Officer, NHS Fife (email roy.halliday@nhs.net).

Nov
12
Tue
Training Course: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Research Studies (FULL DAY) @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Nov 12 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This full day workshop runs four times a year and is appropriate for staff who need to be familiar with Good Clinical Practice (for research) and may need to be fully trained in the more rigorous requirements of a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product (CTIMP). The course is aimed at those staff undertaking both low risk projects (e.g. studies using questionnaires only) and high risk projects such as drug trials. At the end of the course those attending should be able to:

  • Appreciate the need for regulation of clinical research
  • Understand the UK legislative framework for CTIMPs
  • Be familiar with the principles & conditions of Good Clinical Practice
  • Understand the practicalities of demonstrating GCP compliance.

Course places can be booked via Roy Halliday, Research & Development Support Officer, NHS Fife (email roy.halliday@nhs.net).

Nov
14
Thu
Training Course: Statistics for the Terrified – An Introduction to Medical Statistics and Interpreting Statistical Data @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Nov 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This workshop is directed at those with no knowledge of statistics who require a better understanding of how statistics can be used to describe and summarise data. The level of presentation is very basic and we use examples throughout to illustrate the procedures and concepts. At the end of the 3-hour workshop those attending should be able to:

  • Describe different data types
  • Describe measures of ‘location’ (also known as ‘central tendency’) and variability (spread) appropriate to the distribution of the data
  • Describe the features of the Normal distribution and the t-distribution together with aspects of their application
  • Understand the ‘standard deviation’
  • Derive and interpret confidence intervals for continuous data and proportions.

Course places can be booked via Roy Halliday, Research & Development Support Officer, NHS Fife (email roy.halliday@nhs.net).

Nov
28
Thu
Training Course: Achieving Success with Your Dissertation @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Nov 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is aimed at those planning to write up a dissertation for a higher degree. It will cover some basic considerations and offer practical tips from experienced researchers. Reference will be made to each participant’s own requirements. The format is a lecture with some class exercises. At the end of the session participants should be able to:

  • Recognise common problems in writing
  • State what is good writing
  • State early considerations in planning the activity
  • Cite the stages when preparing the dissertation
  • Be familiar with the structure of the dissertation and the order of its writing
  • Understand what makes good tables/figures
  • Be familiar with the editorial process
  • Be familiar with strategies to manage references
  • Be familiar with the review process
  • Cite considerations if planning to publish work from the dissertation.

When registering please provide the deadline date for your thesis and its title.

Course places can be booked via Roy Halliday, Research & Development Support Officer, NHS Fife (email roy.halliday@nhs.net).

Dec
2
Mon
Training Course: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Update (HALF DAY) @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Dec 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This course is for anyone who has completed the full day GCP training course or equivalent and is due to update their training. It is essential that GCP training is updated every two years for those involved in CTIMPs. For those not involved in CTIMPs, it is still highly recommended.

The course will cover the Research Governance Framework and the principles of GCP using a combination of lecture and interactive workshops. Topics covered include:

  • Informed Consent
  • Documentation and Data Management
  • Safety Reporting.

Course places can be booked via Roy Halliday, Research & Development Support Officer, NHS Fife (email roy.halliday@nhs.net).

Dec
5
Thu
Training Course: Epidemiology for the Uninitiated @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This new course is currently under preparation – full outcomes and course description to follow shortly. In the meantime, further details can be obtained from the trainer Dr Fay Crawford (email fay.crawford@nhs.net).