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HLTH6190 Conducting Clinical and Health Research

Module Overview

This module will allow you to explore the requirements for conducting research in clinical and health settings. It is particularly suited to those working in clinical research and those who are planning an empirical research study.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to enable you to integrate and apply research design and methods knowledge within the wider clinical and health context, applying your learning to the problems of conducting clinical research in clinical settings. You will consider the regulatory requirements for clinical research and explore skills required for carrying out research in clinical settings. The module is particularly suited to students who are embarking on or planning an empirical clinical or health research project.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically examine the relationship between clinical practice and the development and delivery of clinical and health research, demonstrating an understanding of the impact of research and development policies, governance and regulations on conducting clinical and health research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence relevant to the conduct of research in clinical and health settings.
  • Identify potential challenges in, and devise recommendations for, conducting appropriate, feasible clinical and health research in your field of practice.
  • Critically evaluate your own clinical research practice, considering both your personal development needs and your practice context.
  • Where relevant, critically explore issues in relation to ethics, governance and data protection in the conduct of clinical and health research.


• The concept and conduct of clinical research Managing research in clinical practice Ethical issues relating to the conduct of research in clinical practice, including for example local and national ethical approval process, data utilisation, risk assessments and Research Governance. Processes for NHS patients/staff, use of routine NHS data and data collection outside the NHS Consideration of data recording, storage and protection Conduct of research in health and clinical setting, including for example sampling approaches, access, recruitment, retention, consent, working in teams and with gatekeepers Time management, project management tools, good practice, record keeping, report writing • Health and social care policy context for clinical research Research funding The regulatory environment – national and international Exploration of the influence of social, political and cultural context of different health care services and systems (e.g. National Health Service, international research settings) on conducting research • Developing your research career Clinical academic career development Team development Communicating to different research audiences Integration of research and clinical practice

Special Features

Student support The following forms of support will be available to students within the Faculty: • Programme Lead; • Module leaders and lecturers; • On-line resources located on Blackboard In addition, you will have access to all the resources and services provided by the University including library research support, IT support from iSolutions, iSurvey, Researcher Development and Graduate Centre, Career Management support, International Student Support, Enabling Services, Student Services, and the Sports Centre. This module is core for the MRes Clinical & Health Research and the PGDip Clinical & Health Research programme of study and the doctoral training for the doctoral (PhD) students. The module is designed specifically for students who will carry out empirical research for their Master’s project. The module will also be suitable as part of a planned pre-doctoral research training to help the student prepare their research proposal for application for PhD funding MRes students and doctoral training students will be given priority if places are limited.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will use interactive learning styles so you will work with facilitators and colleagues in the group. The format of taught sessions will include lectures and workshop/seminars which will draw on expertise and examples of recent and ongoing clinical and health-related research in the University and NHS, self directed learning, and independent study supported by module notes and web resources, including Blackboard. Examples of directed group tasks within learning group sessions include: reviewing grant applications in a mock review panel; budgeting/costing a grant application; developing a plan for patient and public involvement.

Independent Study215
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health: Research governance framework for health and social care.

Lenfant C (2016). Clinical Research in Practice: a guide for the bedside scientist. 

Training the Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers: Challenges and Opportunities. ,102 , pp. 368-371.

Portney LG (2009). Foundations of Clinical Research. Applications to Practice. 

Finlay, V (2012). A Strategy for Developing Clinical Academic Research within Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions. 

Newell R and Burnard P (2011). Research for Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare. 

Developing the best research professionals - Qualified graduate nurses: recommendations for preparing and supporting clinical academic nurses of the future..

Academy of Medical Sciences (2011). Guidelines for monitoring academic training and progress.. 

A careers development resource for researchers.

Drennan J and Curtis EA. (2013). Quantitative Health Research: Issues and Methods.. 

Promotes the UK as a world leader in clinical research and includes a section on workforce training for clinical academic careers.

Gerrish K and Lacey A (2010). The Research Process in Nursing. 

A critical assessment of the development of patient and public involvement in the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. A report by TwoCan Associates to identify and share lessons learned from the experience of developing PPI in the Collaboration.

Clinical academic training programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in England, UK..

Academy of Medical Sciences (2003).  Strengthening Clinical Research. 


Assessment Strategy

The formative assessment will comprise a presentation to the group detailing the choice of topic(s) for review and the rationale for this in relation to the planned clinical/health research. Completion of the summative assessment for this module, as follows: You will identify between 3 and 5 challenges or issues relevant to the conduct of research in your planned clinical or health setting. You will carry out a literature search in these topic areas and devise and justify informed solutions to these issues in the context of your research plans. You will produce a report that outlines the potential challenges, and justifies and discusses any debates or tensions regarding the devised solution, informed by the critical review of the relevant literature. The report will be 3,500 words +/-10%. You will be able to use this work to inform the development of your research proposal and other tasks such as data management plans, risk assessments and ethical approval applications Feedback Method For the formative assessment, students will receive verbal feedback from the group facilitator and peer review from other students. For the summative assessment, students will received detailed written feedback highlighting strengths of the assignment and areas for development. A pass mark of 50% must be achieved in this summative assessment to successfully complete this module.




MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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