Research and Innovation


Below are all the latest training opportunities we are running. If there is something research related you are interested in learning about but isn't listed below, please get in touch.


Writing Research SOPs- A Workshop- 13th July 2017

We're holding a training session on how to write research standard operating procedures (SOPs) with Suzanne Sumara. Places are extremely limited, so if you're interested get in touch! 

Writing Research SOPs worskshop

The SSSFT Research and Innovation department will be running a free training session on Tuesday 19th July 2016 at the Redwoods Centre: Consenting into Research (including adults lacking capacity).

The workshop will be led by Kim Thompson from our department and is open to any SSSFT staff, please see below for details.

The training session will be a fun interactive session looking at:
• The importance of establishing capacity
• The differences between CTIMPs and non- CTIMPs
• The roles of the Personal and Professional Legal Representative and Consultee
• The consent process
• The value and importance of informed choice

For anyone interested in research in the Trust, including clinicians interested in the consent process

When and where?
Tuesday 19th July 2016: 2pm – 4pm
Seminar Room 1, Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury, ST16 3SR

How to book a place
To book a place or if you have any questions, please contact Kate Williams at or 01785 783183 (ext. 7128783). Please note the closing date is Friday 15th July.

A wide range of clinical academic training opportunities are now provided by the NIHR, ranging from pre-masters internship level to professorships (find out more at

The NIHR has recently recruited a group of passionate and proactive researchers who act as advocates for health research careers as a way of promoting the training and career opportunities available. Eight of the non–medical allied health professional groups are represented by the training advocates including nursing. The five nursing advocates have varied professional experiences and are at different stages in their research career, but all share a passion for promoting health research careers. If you would like to speak to any of the nursing NIHR training advocates to find out how to start, develop or continue a nursing research career, their contact details are available on the NIHR website here.

Understanding Thematic Analysis: An Introductory Workshop to Qualitative Methods

When: Thursday 17th March 2016, 9.00am - 4.30pm
Where: Beacon Conference Centre, Staffordshire, Technology Park, Stafford, ST18 0GB

This free one day workshop hosted by the Research and Innovation department will consider the
important role of qualitative research in understanding complex issues within healthcare. Thematic
analysis is a key approach for those working with qualitative data, including verbal and written feedback.


  • To provide an overview of the qualitative methods being undertaken in applied health research,

    including current research.

  • An introduction to qualitative analysis software - NVIVO

  • Workshop activities will be designed to help you achieve the following:
     - Development of appropriate questions for thematic analysis
     - Strategies for thematic analysis
     - Techniques for argumentation and presentation of findings

  • To offer academic advice and support relating to proposed research ideas, or research underway from experienced qualitative researchers

  • To supply an accessible reading list, including recommended text books and academic papers, to

    further develop project ideas


This introductory workshop is aimed at SSSFT healthcare professionals and staff working in related fields who are interested in learning more about the use of qualitative research in practice. The workshop is suitable for:

  • People who have never used qualitative methods before

  • People who may have used different qualitative methods, but want to learn more about thematic


  • People working with verbal and written feedback – which could include data which is gathered through routine clinical practice as well as data gathered specifically for research purposes.

  • People who are currently developing project ideas (research, service evaluation, service development) which may be relevant for qualitative research.

To book a place, please contact Kate Williams: or 01785 783183. Closing date is 1st March 2016. Please note, spaces are limited and will be ‘first come first served’.