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Clinical papers workbook updated

 Tuesday 29 March 2016    Books | Workshop


Clinical papers workbook updated

The second edition (2016) of the clinical papers workbook has been published by The Critical Appraisal Company. The most obvious change is that the paper size has been reduced from A3 to A4 but there are also innovative changes inside based on our experience of teaching critical appraisal to delegates of all abilities. The greater use of colour and labels has allowed us to offer more content in less space. Important components of clinical papers are highlighted for reading and discussion during workshops. Based on feedback from delegates, an extra randomised controlled trial and an extra meta-analysis are now included to offer more practice of these important study designs. The new workbook has been trialled in recent events and has been received enthusiastically. It is important for us to know that our course materials are the best available anywhere. As before, the workbook is exclusively available to delegates attending the Critical Appraisal Workshop.

13th Critical Appraisal Workshop in Sydney announced

 Thursday 24 March 2016    Australia | Website | Workshop


13th Critical Appraisal Workshop in Sydney announced

The Critical Appraisal Company is pleased to announce that the Critical Appraisal Workshop will take place in Sydney on Thursday 27 - Friday 28 October 2016. The two day course will take place in the luxurious setting of the Hilton Sydney located in the heart of the city. The price is the same as our London workshops and includes access to the Critical Appraisal Online Course, two workbooks and a copy of The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal book which is posted as soon as a course reservation is made. Reservations are now being accepted. As this workshop always sells out, we are advising customers to book their place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Critical appraisal training for SAS doctors in Milton Keynes

 Monday 29 February 2016    Bespoke course | SAS doctors | United Kingdom


Critical appraisal training for SAS doctors in Milton Keynes

Last week we ran a critical appraisal bespoke course for a group of Staff Grades and Associate Specialists (SAS doctors) in the Oxford Deanery. The event took place at Kents Hill Park, an impressive purpose-built training and conference centre in Milton Keynes. The doctors worked in a variety of specialties and their existing critical appraisal skills and needs varied. Over two days delegates were led through an 84 page workbook comprising of short exercises and clinical papers. The interactive nature of the course was enhanced with the use of digital handsets to test the audience. All the delegates were provided with CPD certificates (12 points) for their revalidation portfolios, reflective practice templates and access to the Critical Appraisal Online Course to consolidate their learning. The excellent feedback comments included:

  • Excellent course and day
  • Very informative and useful
  • Presenter was excellent
  • Really brought the subject to life
  • I was kept engaged all the way through (I thought this was going to be a dry subject)
  • The slides, material, interactive nature and the knowledgeable, fantastic, excellent, brilliant presenter - Dr G Gosall
  • Course material prepared very well
  • Speakers presentation skills were excellent, particularly enjoyed the jokes
  • Speaker was eloquent, knowledgeable and presented very well
  • This course has heightened my interest in papers and research and I am excited to apply this new found knowledge to practice
  • The content was relevant and well-delivered
  • Every aspect was fantastic and brilliant
  • Critical Appraisal was wonderful. It was taught in a very systematic and interesting way.

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The workshop materials helped me to learn (workbook, interactive handset)
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I have improved my knowledge and understanding of how to appraise a research paper
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Training healthcare professionals in the Ministry of Health in UAE

 Thursday 21 January 2016    Bespoke course | United Arab Emirates


Training healthcare professionals in the Ministry of Health in UAE

This week we delivered a two day workshop on critical appraisal skills to the Ministry of Health UAE in the new Training and Development Centre in Sharjah, which is the third largest city (after Dubai and Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates. Delegates came from a variety of professional backgrounds but everyone had the common goal of wanting to improve their confidence reading clinical research papers. The event was interactive, with delegates completing a range of exercises to put their improved knowledge and skills to the test. Great hospitality by the organisers including al fresco dining in the sunny outdoors meant everyone was well looked after and could concentrate on the learning. Delegates left the course having covered a large amount of material and having definitely earned their CPD certificates.

Short exercises workbook updated

 Thursday 07 January 2016    Books | Masterclass | Workshop


Short exercises workbook updated

It's a new year and time for an update of the short exercises workbook we use in our Masterclass and Workshop events. We make extensive use of our materials and use the feedback gathered from delegates to make improvements. Sometimes we need to make an exercise clearer; sometimes we need to write a new exercise to illustrate a concept better. Every exercise in the workbook has a purpose and has to earn its place! There's no room for duplication or boring exercises! This latest edition of the workbook will be used in all our Masterclass and Workshop events in 2016. A bigger update of the clinical papers workbook is due in spring.

Dubai workshop is the largest ever

 Monday 21 December 2015    Bespoke course | Medical students | United Arab Emirates


Dubai workshop is the largest ever

Our return to Dubai this month for a bespoke workshop was met with a record breaking attendance of over 250 delegates. We're happy to teach groups large and small and this was a large group! Indeed over the years we've developed a range of teaching approaches that help to keep everyone engaged. The doctors and medical students were taken through the knowledge and skills of critical appraisal over two intensive days. A custom workbook with a range of exercises and clinical papers was used together with interactive digital handsets to quiz the audience. The large group of medical students in attendance was an encouraging sign that the skill of understanding evidence was being prioritised in the medical school curriculum. We've been asked to return to Dubai in 2016 for three workshops and one of the events will be for medical students only.

Critical appraisal talk at Cambridge University

 Monday 26 October 2015    Free | United Kingdom


Critical appraisal talk at Cambridge University

Dr Gurpal S. Gosall, one the course directors at The Critical Appraisal Company, gave a talk today on understanding research to the Medical and Veterinary Society at Girton College, Cambridge. Dr Gosall was himself a student at the university many years ago so it was also a trip down memory lane for him. Walking around the beautiful college grounds and chatting to current students is enough to make anyone contemplate heading back to university to do some more studying!

Our critical appraisal courses are now approved for CPD

 Monday 19 October 2015    CPD | Masterclass | Online course | Workshop


Our critical appraisal courses are now approved for CPD

The Critical Appraisal Online Course, Critical Appraisal Masterclass and Critical Appraisal Workshop have been approved for continuing professional development (CPD) by The CPD Standards Office. This independent accreditation demonstrates that the learning activities offered by The Critical Appraisal Company conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record. Delegates attending our Masterclass and Workshop events will be given snazzy new CPD certificates of attendance at the end of the events (6 hours for the Masterclass, 12 hours for the Workshop). Subscribers to the Critical Appraisal Online Course will be sent the certificates by email (6 hours).

Continuing professional development (CPD) is expected of most healthcare professionals. Guidelines for CPD have been issued by regulators.

  • General Medical Council
  • General Dental Council
  • Nurses and Midwives Council
  • General Optical Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Licensed doctors have to revalidate every 5 years and must provide evidence they have engaged in CPD. Specific CPD requirements are largely determined by the relevant Medical Royal Colleges.

  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Radiologists
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery
  • Faculty of Occupational Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Faculty of Public Health

With our CPD accreditation, there's now one more reason to train with us! Click to compare our courses!

New course dates in 2016 announced

 Tuesday 01 September 2015    Masterclass | Website | Workshop


New course dates in 2016 announced

The Critical Appraisal Masterclass will take place twice in Manchester on 12 March and 24 September 2016. The Critical Appraisal Workshop will take place in London on 27-28 February, 9-10 April, 11-12 June, 13-14 August, 22-23 October and 10-11 December 2016, and in Birmingham on 30-31 January, 14-15 May, 16-17 July, 17-18 September and 12-13 November 2016. All course dates will be available to book six months in advance.

Critical appraisal for dentists in Sheffield

 Friday 19 June 2015    Bespoke course | Dentistry | United Kingdom


Critical appraisal for dentists in Sheffield

Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber funded a critical appraisal study day for dentists in Sheffield this week. The course was attended by dental professionals from Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool, including specialists in orthodontics, restorative dentistry and oral medicine. The seniority of the delegates ranged from those new to the specialty to those preparing for the ISFE exam. We used a bespoke course workbook to illustrate concepts using excerpts from real clinical papers and we tested the delegates throughout the day using wireless handsets. The interactive approach is key characteristic of our training courses and helps delegates stay involved and understand their own strengths and weaknesses.

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