HEDS has been commissioned to provide six critical appraisal courses for Public Health England. Four half-day courses will equip participants with the skills they need to be competent users of research: two courses will focus on qualitative research while the other two will focus on quantitative studies such as RCTs. All courses will help participants to understand two key issues in research quality internal validity - is the research methodologically sound and accurate? and external validity - does the research help us with our own patients/decision making? Two further full-day ‘Training the Trainer’ courses will refresh participants critical appraisal skills and help them to become confident teachers too.
The courses will be running at locations across the UK during February and March. The courses will be lead by Angie Rees (HEDS) with support from various HEDS staff including Sue Harnon, Chris Carroll and Marrissa Martyn St. James.