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Critical appraisal workshop - part 1

Develop your skills and learn how to critically appraise research quality

Date: 17 March 2020

Location: London

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

This one-day introductory workshop gives an intensive overview of the skills needed and resources available to critically appraise clinical research papers. 

It is relevant for anyone interested in developing the skills needed to identify and understand the key concepts involved in appraising clinical research quality. Previous students have included clinicians from undergraduate to consultant level, but it is relevant to all specialities and does not assume prior knowledge.

If you already have some knowledge of critical appraisal that you would like to develop further, you might be interested in part 2.

Critical appraisal workshop - part 2

This workshop is also running in Manchester - find out more


What to expect from this workshop

At the end of the course you will:

  • understand the importance and characteristics of critical appraisal
  • develop an understanding of how to identify unfounded scientific claims and bias 
  • explore a range of tools to help critically evaluate clinical research
  • be aware of a range of products based upon critical appraisal in healthcare
  • understand the basic steps involved in appraising a randomised controlled trial and a systematic review.


09:00 - 09:30 Registration and refreshments
09:30 - 09:40 Welcome to the day 
09:40 - 10:30  Introduction to critical appraisal
10:30 - 10:45 Refreshment break
10:45 - 12:00 Appraisal of an RCT
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:45 Introduction to a systematic review
13:45 - 15:00 Appraising a systematic review
15:00 - 15:15 Refreshment break
15:15 - 15:50 The Way Forward - discussion and some ideas to take home
15:50 - 16:00 Evaluation
16:00 Close of workshop

Course leader

John Blenkinsopp, critical appraisal trainer and clinical effectiveness advisor, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

John is a clinical effectiveness advisor and trainer who has over 20 years experience of running courses in critical appraisal.

Originally a medical librarian, John has also run a number of critical appraisal courses for the London Deanery, Department of Health, Kings Fund, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Health Education England and a number of trusts and medical charities up and down the country.


Member: £150

Non-member: £220  

Book both Critical Appraisal Workshops:

Member - Parts 1 and 2: £225 (£75 discount)

Non-Member - Parts 1 and 2: £374 (£66 discount)

Join us as a member today and secure your place at the reduced rate. 

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