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Suitable for all health professionals and researchers working in rheumatology, Essential Research Skills is a great introduction to all aspects of research.

Date: February 2021 

Venue: Manchester

CPD: 5 credits

Join us for Essential Research Skills and learn how to develop a research idea, write a successful grant application and get your work published. This course covers topics such as managing a project, structuring a successful grant application and ensuring your research has an impact.

You'll also gain knowledge on research governance, how to manage the research process, data analysis, and writing successful manuscripts. The day includes lecture sessions, group work and facilitated discussion, and focuses on helping delegates to get their ideas off the ground, get them funded, and published.

Learning objectives

  • To be able to describe the process for developing research ideas

  • To understand the advantages of involving patients and collaborators in research

  • To be able to identify the key components of successful grant applications

  • To be able to describe the research governance landscape

  • To be able to describe how to successfully manage a research project

  • To be able to describe appropriate analysis methods for given study designs

  • To know how to write and evaluate research papers for publication

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Session One


Session title


Arrival, registration and refreshments



  • Course outline, learning objectives and research opportunities through the society

  • The research lifecycle: from idea generation to research impact


Session 1: Developing your research idea

  • Defining your strategy

  • Coming up with your research question

  • Deciding on the study design


Session 2: Writing a successful grant application

  • Involving patient partners

  • Building collaborative networks

  • Writing a research proposal


Session 3: Managing the research process

  • Navigating the governance maze

  • Managing the project

  • Leading the team


Tea and coffee break

Date TBC

Session Two


Session title


Session 4: Analysing the study data (breakout sessions)

  • A primer on qualitative & quantitative methods


Session 5: Getting published

  • Key aspects of writing a manuscript

  • Making your research impactful