Module Catalogue

MCR8201 : Research Skills for Health Care Professionals

  • Offered for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jenny Yeo
  • Lecturer: Dr Lisa Robinson
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to familiarise students with the legal and ethical issues surrounding different forms of clinical research and with the principles of research governance. The module is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to participate in clinical research in the NHS or provide a refresher for experienced clinical researchers. It will ensure that students have the skills to recognise areas of their clinical practice where research is relevant to developments in clinical care and also ensure that their practice conforms to the highest standards of practice that may be possible. Students will obtain the skills required to be aware of the evidence base behind current practice. The module has been developed to fulfil the training needs of clinicians in training.

Depending on the level of interest this module may be run on more than one occasion throughout the University year. The module will available as a ‘stand alone’ CPD module for students wishing to obtain the skills necessary to participate in clinical research in the NHS particularly national health service professionals in training.

This module concentrates on the knowledge and skills including legislation, necessary paperwork and permissions required to allow clinicians in the NHS to participate in clinical research. The module will be delivered in an e-learning format via Blackboard supported by self directed learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will include:

Principles of Good Clinical Practice & overview of Research Governance Framework
Research in the real world
Informed Consent
Ethical Approval & other permissions
Consumer Involvement
Funding research in the NHS
Critical appraisal and interpretation of evidence
Locating the evidence
Getting your research published

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity161:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered in an e-learning format. Students will get formative feedback at the e-tutorials and e-workshops and through the discussion board. Students will be assessed through a mixture of written work. Students will learn fundamental principles of research governance as they apply to current clinical research and those of writing in a research setting. The e-learning environment will facilitate one-to-one and group advice on review, critical appraisal and writing skills. Students will be able to practise review, critical appraisal and writing skills in self-directed fashion. The students will be required to participate in an accredited on-line GCP training package.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1M50Critical Appraisal of Research Paper (Max 1500 words)
Written exercise1M25Preparation of a patient information sheet (PIS)
Written exercise1M15Preparation of a Consent Form
Portfolio1M10Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module (Discussion Board, Blog, Wiki).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MCritique of IRAS form
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is delivered as e-learning. The curriculum is delivered via Blackboard VLE through a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based lectures or tutorials. Work will be submitted to Blackboard VLE for assessment. Students will be required to prepare and evaluate paperwork for real clinical research projects. They will produce relevant research documentation based on current ethical committee approval forms (Consent and PIS from) and be required to show an understanding of different modes of clinical research through the critical appraisal and assimilation of current literature. A participation grade is included to reflect the student's engagement with the collaborative activities included throughout this e-learning module. These activities include the Discussion Board, Blog and Wiki.

Reading Lists