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QHRN provides face-to-face and on-line workshops on specific qualitative methodologies and their applications in health research. Please see below for details of our 2022 courses.

QHRN provides face-to-face and on-line workshops on specific qualitative methodologies and their applications in health research. Our courses are for researchers at all levels, and in any area of health research who already have some basic understanding of qualitative research and wish to develop, refresh or expand their methodological skills and knowledge.

Courses are delivered by workshop leads who are experts in the specific methodological topic of the workshop. Live sessions create friendly, informal settings, with numbers capped at 25-30 so that participants can share their particular concerns and create connections with other qualitative health researchers. They are complemented by non-synchronous content such as pre-recorded videos, preparatory reading or viewing, and follow-up resources. There may be expectations in some workshops for participants to complete specific tasks or preparatory work before attending the live component of the workshop.

We aim to offer a selection of training workshops every six months, with popular courses repeated according to demand.

Details of our March-April 2022 workshops are provided below (booking details under each workshop)

Course dates and times

Date TimeCourse titleBooking link
Thursday 17th March 202211am - 1pm UK timeIntroduction to ethnography in healthcare  (online)Closed
Tuesday 22nd March 202211am - 1:30pm UK timeWriting and Publishing Qualitative Research (online)Closed
Tuesday 5th April 202211am-1:30pm UK timeIntroduction to Qualitative Process Evaluation in Healthcare (online) Closed

Course details

These training courses are delivered online and include a combination of content delivered via a live session and pre-recorded videos and activities.

For more details about each course, please click on the name of the course below:

Introduction to Ethnography in Healthcare (Online) - Thursday 17th March 2022 - 11am to 1pm UK time

This course is a comprehensive introduction to ethnographic research, focusing on current understandings, ethics and access in healthcare settings, research design, observational and interview-based methods of data collection, data management, analysis, and the written account. 

Cost and booking

This course is now fully booked.

Content

The course consists of eight on-demand video presentations, self-directed fieldwork for you to experience participant observation, and a live session over Zoom for discussion and networking. 

The following topics are covered; 

  • Data collection and analysis 
  • Writing up and presenting your findings 
  • The history of ethnography and its relationship to healthcare 
  • How to plan your ethnographic study 

Who this course is for

The workshop is aimed at those who work in:

  • Academic research
  • Health and social care related charities
  • Policy groups and think tanks

It's suitable for those with limited or no experience of conducting ethnographies, although some knowledge about ethnography and/or qualitative research generally is beneficial.

Teaching and structure

This course takes approximately three days to complete. The pre-recorded videos and self-directed fieldwork can be completed any time before the live session on 17 March. The live session lasts 2hrs. 

Teaching will be delivered entirely online by experienced researchers. You'll learn as part of a group, interacting through activities and questions and learning from others by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step. 

Learning outcomes will be met by using examples of current research conducted at UCL. 

Certification

You'll receive a certificate of completion if you attend the live session. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Explain how ethnography can be used in healthcare research and improvement
  • Conduct fieldwork and observation, and understand the role of fieldnotes in capturing data
  • Understand how to analyse and write an ethnographic account

Bursaries

To support learning and encourage the dissemination of high quality qualitative research methodology we are pleased to offer bursaries for this course.  

Please email us at qhrn@ucl.ac.uk before registering if you feel that you would benefit from this course but the cost presents a barrier to your learning and provide any details that you would like us to consider. If selected the fees for this course will be reduced to £30. Note that the number of bursaries we will offer are limited so we encourage interested parties to contact us at their earliest convenience.

Biographies of course facilitators

Dr Henry Llewellyn is a ostdoctoral research fellow in the UCL Division of Psychiatry.  Henry's work is concerned with medical diagnosis, treatment decision-making, and the social and ethical implications of new medical technologies in cancer.  Henry's doctoral research examined how people with a brain tumour understand disease and attempt to secure treatment amid unpredictable bodily decline, potential cognitive impairment, and extremely limited therapeutic options.  In his current project, Henry continues a focus on brain tumours, ethnographically charting the integration of molecular genetic biomarkers that are changing approaches to diagnosis, prognosis and decision-making.  Henry examines changing conceptions of disease and how various stakeholders negotiate the new dilemmas appearing in multiple arenas of science, policy and direct care.

Dr Georgia Black is a psychologist and applied health researcher in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London, UK. Georgia’s research programme covers patient communication and safety in early diagnosis of cancer, as well as exploring access and inequalities. Georgia has developed a programme of research addressing multiple aspects of cancer diagnosis such as emergency pathways, educational differences in relation to cancer, psychological impact of and fear of cancer, and public attitudes to changes in cancer policy.

Sebastien Libert is a PhD student based at University College London with a background in medical anthropology. My current research explores the nature of social exclusion in dementia and later life by looking at the use and development of new technology. As a member of the QHRN committee, Sebastien is a keen supporter of ethnography and how it can help other researchers to explore challenges in health and care. 

 

Writing and Publishing Qualitative Research (Online) - Tuesday 22nd March 2022 - 11am - 1:30pm UK time

Overview

The session will cover how to write a qualitative academic paper, as well as tips for how to get your paper published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Cost and booking

The course is now fully booked.

Content

The following topics will be discussed during the one day workshop:

  • How to write up qualitative research (e.g a research paper)
  • How to describe qualitative research for an academic/medical audience
  • What constitutes good writing, and how to convey your ideas clearly in writing

Who this course is for

The workshop is aimed at those who:

  • Are planning or have conducted data collection using qualitative methods
  • Or have already started writing a paper based on qualitative research

Please note that this course is aimed at those who have a firm grasp of the key principles of qualitative research. 

This course may benefit those who have attended other QHRN training courses.

Teaching and structure

This is a single workshop, lasting 2.5 hours.

Teaching will be delivered entirely online by experienced researchers via Zoom. You'll learn as part of a group, interacting through activities and questions and learning from others by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step.

Certification

You'll receive a certificate of completion if you attend the live session.

Bursaries

To support learning and encourage the dissemination of high quality qualitative research methodology we are pleased to offer bursaries for this course.  

Please email us at qhrn@ucl.ac.uk before registering if you feel that you would benefit from this course but the cost presents a barrier to your learning and provide any details that you would like us to consider. If selected the fees for this course will be reduced to £30. Note that the number of bursaries we will offer are limited so we encourage interested parties to contact us at their earliest convenience. 

Biographies of course facilitators

Dr Julia Bailey is a sexual health specialty doctor in South East London and senior researcher at the UCL eHealth Unit. Julia has a passion for bringing social science insights into health research, and is an expert in health communication including doctor-patient interaction, science communication for different audiences, and academic writing.

Rachael Frost is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Ageing Population Studies at UCL. Her research focuses on living well in later life, particularly for people with frailty, dementia, depression and anxiety. She’s led on a number of primary qualitative studies, mixed-methods studies and systematic reviews of qualitative research. She is passionate about writing and has a strong interest in patient and public involvement and engagement. View Rachael’s IRIS profile for more information about her work and publications.

 

Introduction to Qualitative Process Evaluation in Healthcare (Online) - Tuesday 5th April 2022, 11am - 1:30pm UK time

Overview

This course provides an introduction on how to use qualitative methods within process evaluations, focusing on complex health interventions. The course will consider how to capture the complexity of processes of implementation and delivery; with examples focusing on fidelity and engagement. The course will include a mixture of presentations and hands-on exercises, with opportunities to apply your learning to your own process evaluation ideas.

Cost and booking

The course is now fully booked.

Content

During the course, you'll look at the following topics:

  • Why is it important to conduct process evaluations?
  • What qualitative methods should you select?
  • How can qualitative methods be used to conduct process evaluations?
  • Strengths and challenges of process evaluations

The discussion will include real world examples using the Promoting Independence in Dementia (PRIDE) and Integrated Sustainable Childhood Pneuomnia and Infectious Disease Reduction in Nigeria (INSPIRING) projects as case studies. Our structured exercises will help you to form your own process evaluation from the first stages of developing your research question through to planning your data collection and analysis.

Who this course is for

This course would be of value to researchers, students and clinicians looking to conduct process evaluation research, or understand process evaluations in more depth. A foundation in/familiarity with qualitative methods would be preferred, as some basic knowledge will be assumed. 

Teaching and structure

Teaching will be delivered entirely online by expert tutors. You'll learn by watching videocasts, interacting through activities and questions and group discussions. You will also work through a handbook that will help you to develop your own process evaluation ideas. A live session will be held over Zoom on 5 April for discussion and networking. We expect the course will require 6 hours to complete.

Certification

You'll receive a certification of completion if you need one.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Understand and explain what process evaluations are
  • Understand and explain the importance of conducting process evaluations
  • Understand the role of qualitative methods and which qualitative methods can be used to carry out a process evaluation
  • Apply your learning to your own process evaluation ideas

Bursaries

To support learning and encourage the dissemination of high quality qualitative research methodology we are pleased to offer bursaries for this course.  

Please email us at qhrn@ucl.ac.uk before registering if you feel that you would benefit from this course but the cost presents a barrier to your learning and provide any details that you would like us to consider. If selected the fees for this course will be reduced to £30. Note that the number of bursaries we will offer are limited so we encourage interested parties to contact us at their earliest convenience. 

Biographies of course facilitators

Dr Holly Walton is a research fellow in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London, UK. Holly has an MSc and PhD in Health Psychology. Holly’s PhD research focused on evaluating the implementation of social interventions to improve independence in dementia and involved using mixed-methods to measure fidelity of delivery and engagement. Holly currently works as a qualitative researcher, as part of the Rapid Service Evaluation Team and on the Coordinated Care of Rare Diseases project.

Dr. Rochelle Burgess is a leading community health psychologist who specialises in community based approaches to health. Her work studies the social and psychological dynamics of community engagement, using qualitative, participatory and transformative methodologies. She is interested in the promotion of community approaches to health globally, and views communities as a route to understanding and responding to the political economy of poor health, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of broader development issues such as poverty, gender, systems of governance, and community mobilisation (civil society). For the past decade she has focused largely on mental wellbeing and the experience of common mental disorders, and is a leading voice in the emerging field of social interventions in Global Mental Health. She has led a range of projects that focus on the development of community mental health interventions (in South Africa, Colombia, UK and Zimbabwe) and has contributed her methodological and mental health expertise to projects on community led responses to other health challenges, such as child health in Nigeria.  She is a Lecturer in Global Health and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. She is the founder and Director of UCL's Global Network on Mental Health and Child Marriage.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, member of the ESRC peer review college, among other affiliations.

 

Next training courses

Details of our Autumn training courses will be released soon. We are excited to announce a new workshop for October 2022:

  • Applied Conversation Analysis: A practical workshop. Led by Steven Bloch, Suzanne Beeke and Merle Mahon. In person at UCL if restrictions allow.

Terms and conditions

For information on terms and conditions, please read our training workshop terms and conditions document:

Contact us

Please contact us on: qhrn@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions about the training courses. 

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