2 day Research for the Specialty Trainee (GEN27SEP21)

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SubjectResearch Skills
DescriptionThis intensive, two-day course provides an introduction to the understanding of study design that is necessary for doctors to evaluate existing research evidence and to conduct their own research. This is advocated in the GMC document ‘Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training’ (2015), which states that medical graduates must be able apply scientific methods and approaches to medical research. This programme can be accessed by those commencing a formal or informal teaching role, from ST3 onwards, SAS doctors and consultant grades.
Additional information

It is mandatory to attend both days of this course on the same programme. You cannot attend Day 2 if you have missed Day 1. 


Catering is not provided for this course. There is a fridge available on the second floor should you wish to bring food with you. Please ensure all food is in a sealed container to prevent cross-contamination. There are a few outlets available around the venue, please familiarise yourself with the location if you plan on purchasing food on the day.

VenueVirtual (Zoom), - Virtual  View details
2 SessionsSession 1:   Mon 27 Sep 2021, 09:30 to 16:00
Session 2:   Tue 28 Sep 2021, 09:30 to 16:00
LecturerWendy Baird  View details
Target audienceMandatory: Clinical Attachment, or Consultant, or Leadership Fellow, or Research Fellow, or SAS, or ST3, or ST4, or ST5, or ST6, or ST7, or ST8
Course styleWorkshop
CateringNo catering
CPD points0.000
CostNo charge

This course will provide the Specialty Trainee with a broad overview of the relevance and application of research in the clinical setting. It will aim to increase knowledge of using quantitative and qualitative research study designs to answer health related questions that are important to both the NHS and the patient.

Delegates will be given time to formulate their own research questions and develop an outline proposal that could be undertaken, as a research project (or adapted for an audit or service evaluation), within their clinical setting.


An understanding of the fundamental principles of defining a research question.

The ability to define the critical issues in the design of a research study, utilising quantitative and qualitative methodology, with an emphasis of choosing the most appropriate design to answer the question.

An overview of key statistical concepts such as randomisation, sample size, treatment effect and choosing outcome measures.

An awareness of the ethical issues involved in research.

Information on when and how to apply for research ethics and governance approval.

Guidance on appraising research results reported in the medical literature and applying the evidence within the context of the NHS.

An overview of the current and future sources of funding for Specialty Trainee.

The ability to apply the learning from to develop an outline of a clinical research project.