Virtual course

A Practical Introduction to Running Randomised Clinical Trials

Course leaders: Professor Ed Roddy, Professor Mel Holden and Dr Martyn Lewis

21 - 24 November 2023 - virtual course

This 4 day course will improve your knowledge and skills in the design, practical conduct, management and analysis of randomised clinical trials (RCTs). Through a combination of talks and workshop activities, you will be guided through the principles, methodology and practical implementation of RCTs.

  • Individuals who are new to clinical trials, embarking on clinical trial research or have some experience of designing and running trials.
  • Both clinical researchers (including allied healthcare professionals) and nonclinical researchers (for example trial managers & R&D managers).
  • Individuals interested in clinical trials in primary care, at the primary/secondary care interface and in secondary care.
  • Evaluate key components of clinical trials (e.g. trial recruitment, randomisation, blinding, data quality)
  • Appreciate the value and role of research governance when applied to clinical trials
  • Practical experience of protocol development
  • Enhance critical appraisal skills of published trials
  • Develop data management and analysis skills
  • Appreciate the role of health economics and qualitative research in clinical trials

The course is delivered over four days. Each day has a different focus. Over the four days, delegates will work in small groups to apply knowledge gained to develop a protocol for a randomised clinical trial which is presented to the other groups on the final afternoon.

  • Day 1: Key principles of randomised clinical trials
  • Day 2: Managing randomised clinical trials: key issues from protocol to implementation
  • Day 3: Data issues in the implementation and analysis of randomised clinical trials
  • Day 4: Qualitative research and presentation of developed RCTs.

For further information, please contact Rachael Heath:


Tel: 01782 732916

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