Qualitative Health Research Network


Training programme

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Course dates and times

In March 2021, we held five training courses:

Date TimeCourse title
2nd March 202111:00-13:00Introduction to ethnography in healthcare 
3rd March 202111:00-13:00An introduction to qualitative methods for process evaluations in healthcare 
10th and 11th March 2021Afternoon on both daysQualitative longitudinal research 
12th March 202111:00-14:00Introduction to rapid qualitative research 
15th March 2021TBCQualitative research using Quirkos and Atlas.ti

Course details

These training courses were delivered online and included 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 


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.

Delivered by: Dr Henry Llewellyn, Dr Georgia Black and Sébastien Libert. 

Dr Henry Llewellyn

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the UCL Division of Psychiatry.  My work is concerned with medical diagnosis, treatment decision-making, and the social and ethical implications of new medical technologies in cancer.  My 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 my current project, I continue a focus on brain tumours, ethnographically charting the integration of molecular genetic biomarkers that are changing approaches to diagnosis, prognosis and decision-making.  I examine 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

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

I am 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, I am a keen supporter of ethnography and how it can help other researchers to explore challenges in health and care. 

An introduction to qualitative methods for process evaluations in healthcare 


This course provides an introduction to how to use qualitative methods within process evaluations, focussing 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. The participants will get the opportunity to apply their learning to their own process evaluation ideas throughout the course.

Delivered by: Dr Holly Walton & Dr Rochelle Burgess

Dr Holly Walton

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 part of the Coordinated Care of Rare Diseases project as the qualitative researcher.

Dr Rochelle Burgess

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.

Qualitative longitudinal research 


This workshop provides an introduction to Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) research methodology. It will establish the significance and value of dynamic approaches to social enquiry and show how time is not simply a vehicle for a study, the medium through which it is conducted, but is also a rich theoretical construct and topic of enquiry that drives the generation and analysis of data. It will highlight the power of QL research to discern the factors that shape the life course, to understand how and why changes and continuities occur, and the causes and consequences of change for particular individuals and groups, in particular social, temporal and spatial contexts. The course is designed to give researchers an appreciation of the methodological issues involved in researching lives through time, and to equip them with the basic tools and techniques needed to design a QL study, and to generate and analyse QL data. Examples drawn from health-related studies will be used wherever possible.

Delivered by: Prof. Bren Neale

Bren Neale is Emeritus Professor of Life course and Family Research (University of Leeds, School of Sociology and Social Policy, UK) and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (elected in 2010). Bren specialises in research on the dynamics of family life and inter-generational relationships, and has published widely in this field.

Bren is a leading expert in Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) research methodology. From 2007 to 2012 she directed the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Timescapes Initiative (www.timescapes.leeds.ac.uk), as part of which she has advanced QL methods across academia, and in Government and NGO settings. She continues to provide support and training in this methodology for new and established researchers across the disciplines.


Introduction to rapid qualitative research 


An introduction to the range of approaches used in rapid qualitative research including rapid appraisals, rapid ethnographic assessments (REAs), rapid qualitative inquiry (RQI), rapid evaluations and rapid ethnographies. Course participants will work with real research cases and design their own rapid study. Additional resources will also be provided at the end of the course.

Delivered by Dr Cecilia Vindrola.


Cecilia Vindrola-Padros is a Medical Anthropologist interested in applied health research and the development of rapid approaches to research. She works across five interdisciplinary teams, applying anthropological theories and methods to study and improve healthcare delivery in the UK and abroad. She has written extensively on the use of rapid qualitative research and currently Co-Directs RREAL with Dr Ginger Johnson. Cecilia works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Targeted Intervention, UCL and as a Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). She is the past director of the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). 

Qualitative research using Quirkos and Atlas.ti

Date of live session: 15th March 2021

This workshop will cover the “what” of qualitative research; how Quirkos can facilitate literature reviews; an overview of how ATLAS.ti can also facilitate literature reviews; a deep dive on analysing multimedia data; using ATLAS.ti for teamwork and intercoder agreement; and how projects can be transferred between ATLAS.ti and Quirkos. Prior to the workshop, training content on ATLAS.ti 9 Windows, ATLAS.ti 9 Mac, ATLAS.ti 9 Cloud, using ATLAS.ti for the literature review, and an introduction to qualitative research will be made available.

Delivered by: Quirkos and Atlas.ti

Dr Daniel Turner

Dr Daniel Turner founded Quirkos in 2014 after a decade in qualitative research, with the aim of making qualitative software more accessible. He studied for his PhD in Health Geography at the University of Sheffield using qualitative methods, and worked for several UK universities on qualitative and mixed method health systems research. He now is full time director at Quirkos, designing, training and supporting a tool that helps thousands of researchers across the world see their qualitative research clearly.

Dr Neringa Kalpokaite

Dr. Neringa Kalpokaite has dedicated her professional career to qualitative methodology. From her doctoral thesis for which she received the cum laude award in the Complutense University of Madrid to working as a visiting researcher at Harvard University, all of her research projects have been qualitative and carried out with ATLAS.ti. During her 15 years of professional work, she has published numerous articles in a variety of high-impact journals, she has given over 450 trainings, and she has helped over 8,500 people carry out qualitative research. In addition to leading the Europe Team of ATLAS.ti and being the CEO of NkQualitas, she is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research and a professor at the international IE University. Following students’ demand for more rigorous training in qualitative research, she pioneered and taught the qualitative research and ATLAS.ti course at IE University. She continually participates in international conferences to continue sharing knowledge, and she is part of a team of reviewers of articles from high-impact journals. She has repeatedly received awards for excellent teaching in qualitative research. She has also received several research grants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Government of Lithuania, and Harvard University. 

Ivana Radivojevic

Ivana Radivojevic, a former student of Dr. Neringa Kalpokaite’s Qualitative Research course, is passionate about qualitative research and ATLAS.ti. After finishing her training, she was invited to join Neringa’s NkQualitas team and has been participating in numerous qualitative research projects since 2015, resulting in multiple publications in high-impact journals. She is currently the Project Coordinator of ATLAS.ti and is a Senior Professional Trainer. She has given numerous courses, including over 250 webinars, and she has helped over 3,000 people learn to use ATLAS.ti and conduct qualitative research. She continually participates in international conferences to learn and share knowledge with the scientific community. 




REGULAR rate - £75 per workshop

STUDENT rate - £60 per workshop

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