Events & Training

Focus on Students: Resources to Prepare you for your Public Health Career

Tuesday 5 October, 11:00 MT
The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) looks forward to hosting its popular student-led webinar on evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) in public health programs, where students and recent graduates will showcase how they have used EIDM tools and resources. EIDM skills are in demand in the workforce: join this webinar to learn how the NCCMT’s accessible and informative resources can support your coursework, practicums and future public health careers.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from other students and recent graduates! This webinar will feature current students and recent graduates from Master of Public Health (MPH) programs in Canada who will share their experiences using evidence in their work.

Engaging Public and Patient Partners in Rapid Reviews

Wednesday 20 October, 11:00 MT
Meaningful and active collaboration with public and patient partners in planning, conducting and disseminating rapid reviews helps ensure that their perspectives are considered in research priorities and in shaping the evidence and care they receive.

Join us for an interactive session to learn about meaningfully engaging public partners in rapid reviews. We will present a spectrum of strategies to involve public partners and share lessons learned to optimize these opportunities. Public and patient partners will also present and share their perspectives and experiences.

COVID-19 and long-term care systems: what have we learnt and what policies do we need to strenghten LTC systems

Monday 6 December, 02:00-11:00 Will be recorded
To mark the launch of a new LTCcovid International Living Report on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care we are organising a one-day online workshop, starting with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region and ending travelling West, to fit in with different time zones. Attendees will be able to join parts of the workshop.

When: 6th December, 9am to 6pm (UK time, BST)

We will invite contributors to the LTCcovid International Living Report to present on:

Lessons learnt from the experience in their country or region and on the reforms that are being considered to address ongoing challenges
Present research findings on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care
Cross-national studies on key topics such as workforce pressures, care home visits, vaccination policies in the long-term care sector, etc.
Details of the programme will be shared as we have them; for now, please email Adelina Comas-Herrera at if you would like to present.

The workshop will be recorded and the video will be shared on

Developing and Tailoring Implementation Strategy: An Implementation Mapping Approach

Thursday 14 October, 10:00-11:00 MT
Learning objectives:
At the end of this presentation the audience will be able to:
1. Describe challenges in developing and/or selecting and tailoring implementation strategies including how to use theory and evidence to inform implementation strategy selection.
2. Explain how Implementation Mapping can be used to develop and/or select and tailor implementation strategies.
3. Articulate how systematic processes for strategy selection and development can help explicate the mechanism through which strategies are expected to work.

A randomised fractional factorial screening experiment to predict effective features of audit and feedback

Thursday 14 October, 06:00-07:00 MT
Audit and feedback aims to improve patient care by comparing health care performance against explicit standards. It is used to monitor and improve patient care, including through National Clinical Audit (NCA) programmes in the United Kingdom. Variability in effectiveness of audit and feedback is attributed to intervention design; separate randomised trials to address multiple questions about how to optimise effectiveness would be inefficient. We evaluated different feedback modifications to identify leading candidates for further ‘real world’ evaluation.

Using an online fractional factorial screening experiment, we randomised recipients of feedback from five UK NCAs to different combinations of feedback modifications. Outcomes, assessed immediately after participants were exposed to the online modifications, included intention to enact audit standards, comprehension, user experience, and engagement. This design allowed us to explore single effects of feedback modifications, and synergistic and antagonistic effects across combinations of feedback modifications, audit programmes and recipient.

Keeping connected: carer experiences of staying in touch with family and friends living in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic (UK and Canada)

Monday 11 October, 07:00-08.30 MT
This webinar will bring together three studies on visiting and other restrictions that affected family members (often people who provided regular unpaid care) of people living in care homes. Two of the these studies will focus on the perspective and experiences of the relatives, and the other on care homes experience of implementing family visitation policies in care homes.

Primary and secondary prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease – a multidisciplinary approach

Thursday 7 October, 10:00–11:00 MT
Alzheimer’s disease is a prevalent and devastating illness for which we do not yet have efficacious pharmacological treatments. However, accumulating evidence points to the importance of non-pharmacological strategies in slowing down disease course, which will likely become cornerstones of Alzheimer’s disease management in both prodromal and overt disease courses.

We will discuss some of these strategies including vascular risk factors management, nutrition, physical exercise, cognitive reserve and activities, via the lens of personalized medicine.

Next Steps in Covid-19: Response in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes.

Monday 18 October, 10:00-11:00 MT
The Next Steps in COVID-19 Response is a public facing webinar series that brings people together so they can share with and learn from others tackling similar pandemic challenges in long-term care and retirement homes. Webinar recordings and related resources are available.

Realist Synthesis Masterclass

2-9 December, £645, Student £525
NOTE: Classes begin at 08:00 GMT which is 02:00 MT
The Realist Synthesis Masterclass Online is a training course for applying realist methodology to the task of literature review. Comprising 18 hours of training, the programme will include a range of activities including didactic sessions, practical exercises and one-to-one consultations. There are no pre-requisites for this course. However upon registration, participants will be provided with recommended readings for preparation.

The workshop will address the following topics:
How to establish programme and middle-range theories suitable for literature review;
How to guide decisions about the scope of data sources to be included;
How to read and code papers;
How to use data sources to construct context-mechanism-outcome configurations;
How to establish a rigorous, transparent and retroductive line of analysis;
How to conduct a rapid realist synthesis;
How to use realist synthesis for programme development;
How to convey findings from a realist synthesis.