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Five reasons why you should apply for the Designing Clinical Research course

Learn how you could take part in a unique online course in clinical research.

Education image Library originalIf you’re a clinically qualified medical trainee, nurse, dentist, dental qualified staff, pharmacist, allied healthcare professional or healthcare scientist looking to enhance your skills in clinical research – we’ve got just the opportunity for you! Don’t miss out – you’ll need to apply by Friday 4 September, 12pm.  

In collaboration with the University of California San Francisco, King’s Health Partners hosts the Designing Clinical Research course. Over a period of three months, you’ll gain the vital tools needed to write a robust clinical research protocol - the document that describes how a clinical trial is managed.

Here’s five reasons why you should apply:

1. You’ll become adept at clinical research

The Designing Clinical Research course gives you the skills you need to run a clinical trial; from writing a research question, developing a study design, determining a study sample size, data analysis, management, thinking about ethical considerations in research, writing qualitative questionnaires, and mastering statistical methods.

2. You’ll learn from leading specialists

The Designing Clinical Research workshops are led by professors, academic researchers, and statisticians from across King’s Health Partners.

Mary Ni Lochlainn, Academic Clinical Fellow in Geriatric Medicine at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who has completed the course, said:

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in doing research, it is very well organised, and the teaching is succinct and relevant, in a relaxed and open environment. The facilitators are clearly highly knowledgeable and are open and approachable. It is not necessary to have a definite research question; many of us changed our questions during the course.

3. You’ll learn how to peer-review

A key aspect of any research is peer-review. The Designing Clinical Research course will give you the tools you need to constructively critique co-learners’ work and understand colleagues’ feedback on your own. 

 4. You’ll improve your presentation and networking skills

Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be asked to present your research idea to the course leaders. Those with the best pitches will be selected to present at an event attended by faculty and experts – opening you up to wider opportunities within the research community.

 5. It’s hosted completely online

Now more than ever, having the flexibility to study in your own time is vital. The Designing Clinical Research course is currently hosted online. All you need is a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone and access to the internet, meaning much of the course content can be completed at your own pace, in your own time, in a way that suits you.

Giorgia Dalla Valle, Clinical Research Midwife at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, reflects on the course and its benefits:

I really liked that the study was self-directed, and the e-learning modules provide you with flexibility to fit it around your working week. You can learn theoretical aspects and translate them into your project with the support of your academic supervisor.

What you need to know about the course before applying:

  • You’ll need to be available to attend a compulsory 90-minute introductory session on Monday 26 October
  • Throughout the course you’ll attend a weekly group session on Microsoft Teams, alongside the online learning you complete in your own time.

To register your interest, you need to send the following information to Joyce Matovu, Education Academy Business Support Officer, at by 12pm on Friday 4 September:

  • a brief statement explaining why you want to participate in the course (one page maximum)
  • a one-page CV
  • a brief supporting statement and signature from your academic supervisor.

You will be notified whether your application has been successful week commencing Monday 7 September.

For more details about the course and how to apply, read our Designing Clinical Research flyer.

King's Health Partners Education Academy offers you education and training opportunities to develop your skills and advance your career.

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