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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.

Our courses are for researchers at all levels of seniority, 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 in specific areas.

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. These 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 October 2022 workshops are provided below (booking details under each workshop)

Course dates and times

Date TimeCourse titleBooking link
Tuesday 4th October 202211am - 1:30pm UK timeIntroduction to Qualitative Process Evaluation in Healthcare  (online)Click here to register
Tuesday 11th October 202210am - 1:00pm UK timeWriting and Publishing Qualitative Research (online)Click here to register
Wednesday 26th October 20221:30pm-5pm UK timeApplied Conversation Analysis: A practical workshop (Face-to-face at UCL) Click here to register

Course details

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

Introduction to Qualitative Process Evaluation in Healthcare - Tuesday 4th October 11:00-13:30 (online)

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.

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 research 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 is this course 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 on Zoom on 4th October 2022 for discussion and networking.

We expect the course will require 6 hours to complete in total (including preparatory work and the live session).

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

Cost and booking

The cost of the course is £75 and places are limited to 30. Please use the link above to book.

Bursaries

To support learning and encourage the dissemination of high quality qualitative research methodology, we are pleased to offer a small number of bursary places 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.

Certification

If you would like a certificate of attendance, please contact us after the course.

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.

 

Writing and Publishing Qualitative Research - Tuesday 11th October 10:00am-1:00pm (online)

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.

Content

The following topics will be discussed during the 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?

This 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. The final 30 minutes of the live session will be for individual queries and further discussion.

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.

Cost and booking

The cost of the course is £75 and places are limited to 25. Please use the link above to book.

Bursaries

To support learning and encourage the dissemination of high quality qualitative research methodology, we are pleased to offer a small number of bursary places 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.

Certification

If you would like a certificate of attendance, please contact us after the course.

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.

Applied Conversation Analysis: A Practical workshop. Wednesday 26th October 2022 1:30pm-5pm (Face-to-face at UCL)

Overview

This course provides an introduction to the methods and uses of applied conversation analysis in research. The course introduces the core principles of CA before providing an opportunity for participants to take part in a live data session: making observations and shaping them into a more evidence-based formulation. The course will include presentations on data collection and formulating CA research questions. It will conclude with a focus on taking the next step to using CA and developing skills as an analyst.

Content

The following topics will be discussed during the workshop:

  • What CA is, and how it can be applied in health, education and social settings.
  • How data is collected, transcribed and analysed in CA.
  • How to develop CA skills and how to embed CA methods in one's research.

Who is this course for?

This course would be of value to researchers, students and clinicians looking to conduct CA-informed research using recordings from naturally occurring conversations (particularly from health, education or social care settings). A foundation in/familiarity with qualitative research methods would be preferred, as some basic knowledge will be assumed.

Teaching and structure

This is a single interactive workshop, lasting 3.5 hours, preceded by 2 hours online preparatory work

Teaching will be delivered in person face-to-face by experienced applied CA 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.  The final 30 minutes of the session will be for developing your personal goals and for further discussion.

We expect the course will require 5.5 hours to complete in total (including the preparatory work and the face-to-face session).

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the core principles of investigating naturally occurring conversation in applied health, education and social care settings.
  • Recognise CA transcription conventions and be able to identify and describe basic features of talk-in-interaction.
  • Understand the potential relevance, value and limitations of a CA approach to your own area(s) of enquiry.

Cost and booking 

The cost of this course is £75 and places are limited to 25. Please use the link above to book.

Bursaries

To support learning and encourage the dissemination of high qualit qualitative research methodology, we are pleased to offer a small number of bursary places 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.

Certification

If you would like a certificate of attendance, please contact us after the course.

Biographies of course facilitators

We are all from UCL’s Department of Language and Cognition, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Faculty of Brain Sciences.

Professor Steven Bloch is a clinical academic in communication and social interaction. He has a special interest in end-of life-care conversation, helpline interactions, and also interactions between people with progressive neurological conditions and family members. He is currently Vice Dean Education in the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL and Programme Director of UCL’s MSc Speech and Language Sciences (pre-registration clinical training programme for speech and language therapists).

Dr Merle Mahon is an Associate Professor and Graduate Tutor. Her research focuses on deaf children’s spoken language development, their use of gesture in communication, their rehabilitation using cochlear implants and their education. She also has a special interest in bilingual language development. Her current research is the BEARS project investigating a virtual reality intervention for deaf children.

 

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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