The King’s Clinical Academic Training Office (KCATO) offers advice, best practice and information on navigating a clinical academic career. It is open to all health professionals who are based across King's Health Partners. We design and deliver bespoke training and development for all health professionals across all stages of their research careers to support our ambition to build a thriving pipeline of research-active health professionals.

In this section you will also find information on:

Databases and registers 

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produce guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for health, public health and social care.

The Cochrane Library  is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

The PROSPERO register is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development, where there is a health related outcome.

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Study design

The British Medical Journal have collated a series of articles on how to read a paper, which give a useful introduction to a range of study designs and types of research questions that they can address.

The Clinical Trials Toolkit provides practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK. Through the use of an interactive routemap, this site provides information on best practice and outlines the current legal and practical requirements for conducting clinical trials.

The MRC provide advice and guidance on the development, evaluation and implementation of complex interventions.

NICE public health guidance provides a set of generic principles that can be used for planning, delivering and evaluating behaviour change interventions.

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Preparing a grant application

The NIHR offer hints and tips on how to successfully apply for funding.

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Reporting guidelines

To improve the completeness of reporting, and ultimately the replicability, of interventions, an international group of experts and stakeholders developed the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist and guide.

The EQUATOR network maintains a comprehensive collection of online resources providing up-to-date information and tools relating to health research reporting. 

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Attribution of costs

The Department of Health provide a framework for the NHS and its partners to identify, recover and attribute the costs of health and social care R&D (ACoRD), in a transparent, and consistent manner. It clarifies the distinction between the 3 costs of research: research costs; NHS support costs; treatment costs.

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Courses and training

Visit our Education and Resources pages to find out more about available courses.

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