Current and recent research projects

Since the establishment of CRMDE, its members have undertaken a wide range of research projects with the aim of improving the evidence base for the education of health professionals. The Centre has built local, regional, national and international networks of collaborators and applies a range of methodological approaches to projects. Areas of enquiry include: 

  • Selection; 
  • Curriculum and assessment; 
  • Careers support; 
  • Continuing Professional Development; 
  • Multi-Professional education and training; 
  • Systematic Reviews.

Findings from projects are disseminated through a range of journals and at national and international conferences. Project reports can also be obtained from the Centre.

Work related training in the health sector

This project is examining the impact of individual and organisational characteristics on participation in four types of training in NHS trusts in England in 2006 and 2009. The analysis includes measures of the perceived effectiveness of this training and data on high and low-skilled staff also provides evidence on the effect of the NHS’ commitment to the development of low skilled staff. The principal investigator is Professor Hywel Thomas


Thomas, H. and Qiu, T. (2012) Work-related continuing education and training: participation and effectiveness, Journal of Workplace Learning, 24(3)

Workforce reform and work related education and training

This project is a comparative analysis of the work related education and training of teaching assistants and nursing assistants. Comparative studies such as this are rare and provide an opportunity to appraise aspects of training that could not be undertaken by focusing on a single occupational group. The principal investigator is Professor Hywel Thomas.

Pilot and Feasibility Trial for ‘A Journaling Pilot Project to Enhance Future-Mindedness’

Self-reflection on character can be stimulated by carefully-planned social interactions. Two new interventions, a social networking website and hard-copy journal, designed to enhance future-mindedness, are to be created, piloted, researched, and then scaled up. 700 young people, alongside experts from a variety of fields in the UK, will be recruited to support the development and piloting of the website and journal. More information....

The principal investigator is Professor James Arthur and the researchers are Tom Harrison, Carole Torgerson and Ian Davison.

Contact: Aidan Thompson, project administrator Email: