Clinical trials have huge societal impact, providing the best evidence of the effectiveness of healthcare, social care and public health interventions. Research through clinical trials is a growing global business in academic institutions, industry, the NHS and across public health organisations. To ensure efficient trials that reach successful completion, trial staff require a solid grounding and knowledge of the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials.
This 3 day bi-modal course in randomised controlled trials in healthcare’ organised by the Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) provides an overview of the research process from idea and design to analysis and publication. This programme will be designed to combine the theoretical aspects of trial design and delivery with opportunities to apply knowledge to practice and will be delivered through a mixture of pre-recorded lectures and live online sessions.
Birmingham is well recognised for its research methods teaching with over 20 years’ experience of delivering short course CPD teaching in research methods, in addition to running a Master’s programme in Clinical Trials (MSc/PGDip/PGCert).
- Describe the key features of randomised controlled trials.
- Recognise the different types of bias that can affect trials and propose methods to minimise such bias.
- Formulate an appropriate research question.
- Defend the importance of systematic reviews.
- Critically appraise examples of published trials.
- Interpret key statistical concepts such as measures of treatment effect, confidence intervals and P-values.
- Appraise the development of research governance regulations and recognise why informed consent has become such a key component of research ethics.
- Discuss how safety monitoring is conducted in randomised controlled trials and classify the terms to categorise events.
- Describe the regulatory approval process for conducting trials in the UK.
- Describe the considerations for the funding of randomised controlled trials.
- Define the role and importance of patient and public involvement in clinical trials.
- Contribute to the design and development of robust and efficient trials.
The Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) brings together the clinical trial expertise from across the University of Birmingham and, in particular The Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU), and The Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU). BCCT is one of the leading centres in the UK for designing and implementing high quality trials across a wide range of diseases and clinical settings. This course is organised by Razia Meer-Baloch (Training and Education Lead, BCTU) and Dr Sara Brookes (Training and Education Lead, CRCTU) and the programme is delivered by a wide range of clinical trials experts from across BCCT.
Is this course accredited?
The course has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 24 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for a broad clinical trial audience working in NHS trusts, academia or industry; ranging from those who have little experience in clinical trials to those who wish to expand their knowledge of the importance, design and development of randomised controlled trials in healthcare.
First Course: Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd June 2021 - Registration now closed
Second Course: Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th November 2021