UCL Qualitative Health Research Network

Staff from the Division of Psychiatry are involved in the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network, (QHRN) a cross-faculty and transdisciplinary initiative to support the use and development of qualitative research in health, illness and care. The group runs quarterly seminars and a biennial international symposia. You can join the mailing list for this group here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/qualitative-health-research-network/contact-us

You can also follow the QHRN on Twitter at @UCL_QHRN.

The QHRN involves the collaboration of three UCL departmental qualitative groups including the Division of Psychiatry, the Department of Applied Health Research and the Department of Behavioural Science and Health.

Responding to Change: Perspectives from Qualitative Health Research Workshop 2018

The QHRN ran an innovative workshop to generate discussion on key issues facing contemporary qualitative health research in the study of change and its social consequences, broadly conceived. For further details about the workshop, click here. To read a blog post about the event, click here.

The 4th QHRN conference

Early bird registration for the 2019 QHRN conference is now open. Click here to register.

The 4th QHRN conference will take place in London on 22 March 2019. This time we will be offering pre-conference workshops and training (on 21 March 2019).

Division of Psychiatry Qualitative Researchers Working Group

The Division of Psychiatry Qualitative Researchers Working Group (QRWG) is a researcher-led forum open to staff and students working in the Division. The QRWG provides a meeting point for Divisional researchers to share and explore ideas and techniques in qualitative research. It is run mainly through seminars that encourage an intellectually lively yet supportive atmosphere for discussion, allowing early career and experienced researchers from any academic discipline to present, experiment with, and learn about qualitative theory, methods and writing.

In 2019, we will continue to include more slots to discuss key themes in qualitative work in a journal club format. We are now running eight one-hour sessions over the year alternating between a journal club and a working group. Meetings will generally be held on the second Wednesday of the month, from 11.30am-12.30pm in Room 7 at Wing B, Maple House, unless otherwise advised. If you would like to present your study at one of our Working Groups in 2019, please contact the Chair for that meeting (or contact any of the chairs if you are flexible with a date). We will update the page as we organise sessions for 2019.

Journal Club seminars

These seminars support discussion around qualitative research by setting an issue or problem that encourages the group to examine qualitative methods and practice, interrogate classic qualitative concepts, or critique innovative methods. Generally we will centre discussion on published articles, which are posted on this page and circulated before the meeting.

Working Group seminars

These seminars offer an opportunity for researchers to raise particular aspects of their own work for discussion or support. Materials are usually pre-circulated before meetings to encourage fuller discussions. We encourage researchers to discuss their work at any stage of the research process to support a critical reflection of their approach. Generally, researchers will provide a short overview of the study at the beginning of the session which will be followed by broader discussion of the methodological, ethical and analytical issues that the study raises.

If you would like to present your study at one of the Working Groups in 2019, please contact the Chair for that meeting (or contact any of the chairs if you are flexible with a date). We will update the page as we organise sessions for 2019.


The group holds an evolving archive of resources to enable researchers to engage with qualitative research. We keep some books in the Division and a list of electronic references. If you work within the Division of Psychiatry at UCL and would like more information please contact one of the QRWG members listed below and we can add you to the internal mailing list.

Journal Club 2019, 11.30am-12.30pm

Date Chair Topic Papers
February 20th  Nuriye Kupeli

Assessing quality in qualitative research

There is much debate as to whether the same criteria should be used to assess the quality of qualitative and quantitative research. This paper discusses two opposing views, subtle realism and antirealist. Whilst the latter argues that criteria of set categories such as reliability and validity should not be used to assess the quality of qualitative research, the former suggests that existing criteria can be modified to take into account the aims of qualitative research. Finally, the authors present a set of questions which can be used to assess the quality of qualitative research in relation to validity and relevance.

Mays N, Pope C. Assessing quality in qualitative research. Bmj. 2000 Jan 1;320(7226):50-2.

For paper click here

June 5th Sébastien Libert  TBA
September 11th Kirsten Moore  TBA
November 13th Henry Llewellyn  TBA  

Discussion Groups 2019, 11.30am-12.30pm

Date Chair
May 8th Sébastien Libert
July 3rd Henry Llewellyn
October 9th Nuriye Kupeli
December 11th  Kirsten Moore

Papers discussed at previous journal clubs:

1. Brannen J. Mixing methods: The entry of qualitative and quantitative approaches into the research process. International journal of social research methodology. 2005 Jul 1;8(3):173-84. For the paper click here

2. Chapter 10: Analysing field notes from DeWalt KM, DeWalt BR. Participant Observation: A Guide for Fieldworkers. Rowman Altamira; 2011.

3. Vindrola-Padros C, Vindrola-Padros B. Quick and dirty? A systematic review of the use of rapid ethnographies in healthcare organisation and delivery. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2018 Apr;27(4):321-330. For the paper click here