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CDT RHR - Core training programme

The focus is on the development, evaluation of efficacy and implementation of complex interventions.

The programme is organised over two days and uses the examples and experiences of centre members' research programmes to illustrate learning and expose students to a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from academics with national and international reputations in their field, new and emerging research leaders and those who have won prestigious awards.


Learning objectives

  • To understand the MRC Framework for evaluating complex interventions
  • To appreciate the value of mixed method designs
  • To share practical experience of measuring complex interventions
  • To learn how to describe and measure trial interventions 
  • To recognise the role of health economic evaluation within mixed methods designs
  • To appreciate the use of frameworks in evidence synthesis
  • To appreciate the importance of implementation and gain awareness of implementation research methods
  • To consider how to maximise impact and influence change in practice

Examples of topics

  • Rehabilitation as a complex intervention: ‎The MRC framework – Prof Marion Walker
  • The feasibility study: the example of FRESH – Dr Kate Radford
  • Recruitment issues in rehabilitation research – Dr Shirley Thomas
  • Developing outcome measures for use in rehabilitation research – e.g. Confidence after stroke - Jane Horne
  • The value of mixed methods designs and notions of synthesis- The example of Intermediate Care – Prof John Gladman
  • The multi-centre trial: example of Remembrin – Dr Roshan das Nair
  • Observational studies - e.g. Measuring Problem Behaviours – Dr Sarah Goldberg
  • Process Evaluation – Examples from Balance and the Mind - Dr Veronika Van de Wardt
  • Evaluating Rehabilitation Technologies and Engaging Stakeholders – the example of WI star- Prof Penny Standen
  • Measuring Intensity of Treatment – Prof Avril Drummond
  • Measuring Fidelity - Phillip Whitehead
  • Describing and manualising interventions – examples from ‘Getting out of the House’ –Prof Pip Logan
  • Realist Evaluation – The example of hospital based stroke rehabilitation – Dr Bryan Crosbie and Dr Niki Chouliaria
  • Cost effectiveness evaluation – a worked example – Chris Sampson
  • Implementation‎ Research – From what we know to what we do – examples from Stroke Rehabilitation – Dr Rebecca Fisher
  • Influencing change in practice –‎ CLAHRCs/ AHSNs – Dr Rebecca Fisher
  • Maximising Impact - Examples from The MCoP Programme Grant – Prof Rowan Harwood


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