Training and Capacity Building

We provide a range of training opportunities to develop the skills needed to understand and produce evidence, and put that research evidence into practice. Our programme of interactive and practical courses are open to health and care professionals across the South West.

Types of training

Creative Communications

Our creative communication seminar series, run by our Evidence Synthesis Team,  aims to help researchers communicate their research in more creative and accessible ways.

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Health Service Modelling Associates Programme (HSMA)

Through our HSMA programme, we aim to build a culture and skills base through which simulation and modelling techniques are routinely used to support decisions within health and social care organisations. The course supports participants to use Operational Research (OR) techniques within service development and decision making.

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Making Sense of Evidence Workshops

Through our Making Sense of Evidence workshops you will learn how to find and use evidence to make effective health and social care decisions.

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Enabling PhD studentships is an important area of capacity development to ensure the continued availability of trained research staff in the long term. Our staff are active supervisors for our PhDs as well as for other projects across our two University partners.

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PPIE advice clinics

Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement, to creating a PPIE strategy for a research bid, you can speak to one of our researchers for advice.

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Searching and Review Clinics

Our Searching and Review clinics are run by our Evidence Synthesis Team to help you with systematic review related queries. Whether you’re wondering where to start on the systematic review process or how to go about designing a search strategy, you can book an appointment with one of our reviewers or information specialists.

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