Evidence in Practice: An Introductory Course 9th January – 8th March 2023

28 Nov 2022

Are you a nurse, allied health professional, social care professional, public health or local government member of staff who is interested in improving your current practice/setting?

Do you want to gain skills in planning for making change, but not sure where to start with your action plan?

In response to the needs of health and care professionals working across our region and beyond, the ARC North Thames Academy are offering a new short course, providing a unique opportunity to develop the skills to plan for change in your organisation with leading trainers, irrespective of previous experience.

This short course will provide you with the opportunity to gain the practical skills and knowledge that you need to apply evidence to your practice/setting. For example, systematically searching and finding the best available evidence from various sources, critically appraising the information gathered to examine and interpret research evidence, and translating the information gathered into a plan for change.

We intend to limit the size of this cohort to 30 places. To best support our partners in the health and social care professional communities, we will be offering 20 free places to members of any organisation partnered with NIHR ARC North Thames.

The cost to members of non-partner organisations is £250. This fee is also applicable to members of partner organisations if the free places have already been filled. As demand is expected to be high, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the importance of research evidence and why we implement evidence into practice
  • Plan and manage the acquisition, evaluation, and interpretation of available research evidence from a range of sources
  • Apply and translate the information gathered into practice and plan for change
  • Be ready to showcase your action plan and communicate your change

A workbook will be provided for participants to complete in-between each lesson. Participants will receive feedback on their work as they are progressing with their work and learning.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they complete all required activities and in-person sessions, which can be exchanged for CPD credits. Please direct any queries regarding CPD credit exchange to the relevant team within your organisation.

Apply for the course by completing this short form. Applications close midnight Monday 28th November.

How long is the course?

The course opens on 9th January and runs until 8th March. Sessions 1 and 2 are fully flexible and self-paced. We expect that on average participants will require a total of 12 hours across the 8 weeks to complete the course.

Course content and dates

Online and self-paced learning

Available on demand from 9th January 2023

Session 1 - What is research evidence and why do we use it in practice?

Session 2 - Accessing, appraising and interpreting evidence

Live and group learning

In person on 22nd February and 8th March 2023

Session 3 – Applying evidence into practice

Session 4 – Planning for action  

Participant criteria

The course is designed for health and care professionals working in public health, clinical or social care or third sector settings. This could include NHS Trusts, NHS CCGs and Local authorities and other care providers. Participants might have done a Masters level module in evidence based practices or attended another one of our Academy courses. The course is not aimed at academics and/or researchers. This course is equivalent to a Masters level.

Please note that there are limited places available so applications will be shortlisted with priority given to members of ARC NT partners organisations.

Participants must be available to complete all self-paced course work and workbook activities and be available to participate in the 2 live in-person sessions.

How to apply

Please complete the application form by midnight 28th  November 2022.

Note that places for this course will be limited so applicants will be shortlisted.


If you have any questions about this course or our organisation, please email us at arc.academy@ucl.ac.uk


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