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New course dates in 2017 announced

 Thursday 01 September 2016    Masterclass | United Kingdom | Website | Workshop


New course dates in 2017 announced

We are pleased to announce the dates for the Critical Appraisal Masterclasses and Workshops in 2017. The venue for all Masterclasses is the Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport.

The two day Critical Appraisal Workshop will take place at the Hilton London Metropole and Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC.

Further dates may be added in response to demand. Reservations will be accepted six months in advance of each event. Please go to our website for further details.

Here are the 2017 dates:

Birmingham 2 day Workshop: 27 and 28th May 2017 - 22 and 23rd July 2017.

Birmingham 1 day Masterclass: 14th January 2017 - 4th March 2017 - 16th September 2017 - 11th November 2017

Manchester 1 day Masterclass: 25th March 2017 - 23rd September 2017

London 2 day Workshop: 11th and 12th Feb 2017 - 22 and 23rd April 2017 - 19 and 20 August 2017 - 21 and 22 October 2017 - 16 and 17th Dec 2017

All course dates will be available to book six months in advance.

BRAPP, Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine, London

 Thursday 21 July 2016    Pharmaceutical | United Kingdom | Workshop


BRAPP, Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine, London

The Critical Appraisal Company ran a critical appraisal workshop this week in association with the British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians (BrAPP) in London. The delegates were physicians working in the pharmaceutical industry and revising for the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine examination. The exam is held by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and comprises of a mutiple-choice question paper and a critical appraisal paper. During this bespoke BrAPP course a review took place of knowledge and past paper questions to give everyone's revision a timely boost.
Good luck to everyone taking the exam!

Kings Fund, London

 Friday 27 May 2016    Bespoke course | Masterclass | Microbiology | United Kingdom


Kings Fund, London

Dr Narinder Gosall, one the course directors at The Critical Appraisal Company, gave a talk today on understanding research to the Microbiology consultants and specialist registrars at the Kings Fund. This was an excellent interactive session and focused on upskilling the group as well as assisting those students preparing for final FRCPath exit exam. The course was organised by a pharmaceutical company who invited Narinder in as a speaker for the masterclass. The bespoke course handout we used included several excerpts from real clinical research papers. Our courses are intensive but we aim to be comprehensive and cover everything that delegates need to know in every course. We use practical exercises to break up the day and keep everybody attentive!

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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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!

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.

Bespoke courses in Birmingham and London

 Friday 05 June 2015    Bespoke course | Emergency medicine / ICU | Haematology | United Kingdom


Bespoke courses in Birmingham and London

This week The Critical Appraisal Company delivered two bespoke courses. First we ran a one day course for a group of ICU doctors in Birmingham. The next day we ran an evening meeting for a group of haematologists in London. Our bespoke critical appraisal courses are easy to organise and allow large numbers of doctors to be trained in the workplace. No time is spent travelling to a conference venue and study leave budgets are saved. We’re also flexible on the timing of the course. For example, we were happy to run an evening meeting so more doctors could attend after a normal working day. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that our bespoke course service is an increasingly popular choice for groups of doctors.

Training Specialist Registrars in London

 Thursday 28 May 2015    Bespoke course | United Kingdom


Training Specialist Registrars in London

Today we’ve been training doctors in a meeting at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. The training day for the Specialist Registrars is a regular event and aims to support their further development, enhancing non-clinical skills which are required to take leading roles in their speciality. Doctors need to keep their knowledge up-to-date and that means regularly reading and critically appraising journal articles so that their patients receive evidence-based care. The critical appraisal teaching session lasted half a day and included an overview of the key knowledge and skills needed to effectively appraise research articles. The time available to keep up with the research literature is always in short supply but hopefully our session will make reading papers a less arduous process.

Evidence-based medicine course in Plymouth

 Wednesday 29 April 2015    Bespoke course | United Kingdom


Evidence-based medicine course in Plymouth

Our latest bespoke training request took us to Plymouth on the south coast of Devon this week. Specialist Registrars and Consultants in microbiology, surgery, medicine and radiology attended the one day critical appraisal course. The bespoke course handout we used included several excerpts from real clinical research papers. Our courses are intensive but we aim to be comprehensive and cover everything that delegates need to know in every course. We use practical exercises to break up the day and keep everybody attentive!

Training mental health professionals in Doncaster

 Friday 19 September 2014    Bespoke course | Psychiatry | United Kingdom


Training mental health professionals in Doncaster

Today we finished the last of four bespoke training days for mental health professionals in the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH). The venue was St Catherine's House, a grade II listed Victorian building set in beautiful grounds. It was originally built in 1838 as the home for the Banks family. The family sold it to the Ministry of Health in 1930 when it was turned into a 'mental institution'. Today it has a number of uses, including providing conference facilities. The training days were attended by a mix of healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and occupational therapists. Most delegates were attending the critical appraisal training for professional development but there were also people involved with research and revising for exams. On each day we went through appraising the methods and results of clinical papers, to better understand how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of research. All the delegates received access to the Critical Appraisal Online Course to consolidate their learning and a CPD certificate for moving their practice forward.

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