Introduction to Systematic Reviewing and the GRADE Approach

Public Mental Health: Short Course PosterA practical approach to systematic reviewing taught by experts developing clinical guidelines for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Get the latest advice about GRADE, the sensible and transparent approach to grading quality of evidence and strength of recommendations, adopted by the Cochrane Collaboration.
Bring an idea for a systematic review; leave with a protocol and toolkit to get the work completed to the very highest standard.

Course dates: Wednesday 2nd July - Friday 4th July 2014
Duration: 3 days; 10am - 5.30pm
Tuition fees: £750 public sector; £950 private sector; £500 full-time student; concessions on request

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To provide participants with an introduction to systematic reviewing and the GRADE approach for rating the quality of health care evidence. By the end of the course, participants will have a working knowledge of systematic reviewing and be able to interpret a GRADE evidence profile.

Who is the programme for?

Anyone interested in systematic reviewing and assessing the quality of health care evidence, particularly those considering conducting a systematic review and who wish to develop a review protocol or use evidence assessed using the GRADE approach.

Why this course?

Run by staff based at University College London who run the UK GRADE Centre, with over 10 years’ experience developing National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines and Cochrane reviews.  



The course is delivered through a combination of seminars, workshops and practical exercises. Sessions will run from 10am to 5.30pm each day. There are 20 contact hours in total.


Participants will be provided with a computer and relevant software for the practical exercises.

Course Sessions

The course is made up of seminars, workshops and practical exercises covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to systematic reviewing and assessing the quality of evidence
  • Developing a review protocol and registering it
  • Searching for evidence
  • Study eligibility
  • Risk of bias
  • Data extraction
  • Evidence synthesis (narrative and meta-analysis)
  • Quality of evidence and interpretation (based on the GRADE approach)
  • Reporting guidelines
  • Technology for systematic reviews and GRADE


There is no formal assessment at the end of the course. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all those completing the course.


Guest speaker: Robert Battista (Co-Founder and CEO, Dr Evidence)

Programme director and module convenor:
Dr Craig Whittington (Director, UK GRADE Centre, UCL; Associate Director – Clinical Effectiveness, National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH))

Module convenor: Professor Stephen Pilling (Director, Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness, UCL; Director, NCCMH)

Module convenor: Sarah Stockton (Senior Information Scientist, Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health / NCCMH)

Course Administrator: Sabrina Naqvi (Project Manager, National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health)

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Deadline for Bookings

The deadline for bookings is 27th June 2014.

Start of Programme

3-day short course: Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th July 2014.

Booking Process

To book your place, please contact Sabrina Naqvi with your name and contact information.


Contact Name:

Miss Sabrina Naqvi

Contact Email:

Contact Tel:

020 3701 2642

For information about specific course content, it is recommended that you contact Dr Craig Whittington

For advice on the booking process, please contact Sabrina Naqvi.

Fees and Payment


The total course fee is £750 for public sector employees, £950 for private sector employees or £500 for full-time students. See payment website for further prices. Concessions available on enquiry


Payment must be made via the UCL online store at prior to the course, or a letter from the sponsor guaranteeing funding must be provided in order to secure a place on the course.
Fees include incidental tea/coffee and lunch.