Mar
19
Tue
Training Course: Thematic Analysis @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Mar 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Thematic analysis is a relatively straightforward approach that researchers can use when analysing qualitative data. It involves a process of coding data by theme, so that the meanings conveyed by participants can be summed up and presented in a useful and rigorous way.

This short training course will introduce participants to the basics of the process of thematic analysis via a short presentation. Participants will then be given the opportunity for some ‘hands on’ experience of thematic analysis, at different stages of the analysis and provided with examples showing how findings may be presented.

This course is designed to be useful to staff conducting research, audit or evaluation projects that will collect qualitative data, particularly those using interviews or focus groups. No prior experience will be assumed and it is not essential to have your own project underway at the point you attend.

If you have any questions prior to booking you are welcome to contact Tara Graham (email taragraham@nhs.net).

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

Mar
28
Thu
Training Course: Systematic Reviews @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This course provides an introduction into undertaking a systematic review. Advice is given on the different types of reviews and the guidance available for completing them. Participants will be given an example to work through. At the end of the 3-hour course participants should understand how to:

  • Set up the review question
  • Describe inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Plan the search and prepare the protocol
  • Select and critically appraise the included studies
  • Synthesise and write up the studies.

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

Apr
4
Thu
Training Course: Writing Up and Getting Your Work Published @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is aimed at those preparing the formal report on their research study (e.g. thesis, project report) and who are considering submitting the work for publication. Novice and experienced researchers should benefit from the workshop. At the end of the course those attending should be able to:

  • State why it’s important to publish?
  • Cite the different types of published reports
  • Know how to choose a journal
  • Understand common problems in writing
  • Be aware of strategies to overcome the problems
  • Prepare the manuscript
  • Be familiar with the editorial process
  • Be aware of what referees and editors are looking for
  • Consider what to do if the manuscript is rejected
  • Consider what to do if the manuscript is accepted.

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

Apr
24
Wed
Training Course: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Research Studies (FULL DAY) @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Apr 24 @ 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).

May
7
Tue
Training Course: Research Funding & Preparing a Grant Application @ Queen Margaret Hospital
May 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Want to know how to develop your research idea into a successful research grant? NHS Fife R&D is running a 3-hour course to introduce staff to Research Grant Writing.

Our session covers an overview of all the steps necessary for success, particularly; asking the right question, identifying a suitable funder, the best research methods to use; getting collaborators on board, how to involve patients effectively, and estimating costs. The course will focus on the processes used by the main research funders to assess applications and is suitable for anyone who has some experience of research projects and report writing.

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

May
16
Thu
Training Course: Innovation and Intellectual Property – Bringing Ideas to Life @ Queen Margaret Hospital
May 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

This workshop will introduce the different types of intellectual property (IP) and their role in innovation. Using lots of real-life examples, participants will learn to recognise the main forms of intellectual property and how they can be used to protect innovations to help bring ideas to life. This session will be ran by Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) who work in partnership with health professionals to assess, protect, develop and commercialise products and services developed in the NHS.

It is suitable for anyone interested in learning about protecting their ideas and innovation in the NHS. No prior knowledge required. Learn how careful protection at the start can help turn innovative ideas into new products and services benefitting the NHS, saving time, reducing costs and improving patient care – it could even make you some money!

At the end of the 2-hour workshop those attending should be able to:

  • Identify the main forms of intellectual property – copyright, trademarks, registered designs and patents
  • Know how you can use IP to protect new ideas
  • Understand the role of intellectual property in innovation and the NHS
  • Give some examples of NHS innovations
  • Know who to speak to if you have a good idea.

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

May
23
Thu
Training Course: Critical Appraisal – Making Sense of Other People’s Research @ Queen Margaret Hospital
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This workshop is designed to help health care staff identify the strengths and weaknesses of research papers. This is particularly important for staff planning services and deciding when to change practice as these decisions should be based on robust evidence. The course will also help those designing their own projects and writing up their results in ad hoc reports and peer-reviewed papers. At the end of the course those attending should be able to:

  • Define what is meant by critical appraisal
  • Describe the key features of quantitative & qualitative research
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different quantitative studies/designs
  • Identify the correct study design for a given research question
  • Be familiar with the hierarchy of evidence
  • Be familiar with critical appraisal check lists
  • Have an understanding of sources of bias
  • Gain practical experience in critical appraisal of a research paper.

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

Jun
13
Thu
Training Course: Implementing Research Findings into Clinical Practice @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Jun 13 @ 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).

Jun
17
Mon
Training Course: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Update (HALF DAY) @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Jun 17 @ 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).

Jun
25
Tue
Training Course: Writing a Research Question and Proposal @ Queen Margaret Hospital
Jun 25 @ 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 is relevant in particular to those undertaking an MSc course. Examples of protocols are used throughout. At the end of the workshop those attending should be able to:

  • Identify the features of a good study
  • Describe the components of a valid research question
  • Understand the difference between a qualitative and quantitative approach
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs
  • Choose a study design appropriate to a research question
  • Describe the key content of a protocol
  • Have a better understanding of their own study’s protocol
  • Consider what to do if the manuscript is accepted.

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