These courses are intended for patients and public alike.

‘Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research’ is a MOOC or ‘Massive Open Online Course’ available to anyone around the world and free to to follow.  The course has been prepared by the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) working in conjunction with Leeds University and is hosted by FutureLearn. 

'Focus on Biosimilars' explores some of the key questions associated with unlocking the potential benefits of biosimilar medicines in the NHS. 

The UK has been prominent in developing the field of metabolic phenotyping and has pioneered the application of large-scale metabolic phenotyping in epidemiology and clinical medicine. 

This e-learning training program is designed to enhance current capacity for practical utilisation of this technology by transferring knowledge in an efficient manner to those with limited time availability, including NHS clinicians and research personnel. 

Within this e-learning environment, course material comprises short (5-15 minute) modules covering basic steps that are important for conducting metabolic profiling studies. This starts with an introduction to metabolic phenotyping, followed by selecting the appropriate study design, choosing the right analytical platform, multivariate statistical analysis through to biomarker identification strategies.

We hope that you find this course interesting and useful. If you would like to receive further training please get in touch with us here: If you are interested in performing a metabolic phenotyping study and you would like to work with us, please get in touch with us here and we will help you with your experimental design and analysis strategy.

Working in the CRN includes 'Funding Flow for Future Health'  which will give you a better understanding of where our funding goes and how it flows through the system. 

What's the course about?

Have you ever wanted to get involved in research, but didn’t know where to start?

Are you interested in supporting the delivery of patient focused research in the NHS?

Are you a researcher who would like to involve patients and carers in your research, but don’t know how to recruit and make best use of their skills and experiences?

This workshop will outline the different types of research methods and terminology used in research, how patients, carers and researchers can work together to support the delivery of research that is patient focused, as well as exploring the issues related to becoming and being involved in research.

Who is it for?

People interested in getting involved in research and researchers interested in involving patients and carers in their research.

How do I find out more?

Find out more: here 

Find out where courses are running: here

If you can not see a course running in your area please contact the patient and public involvement team for further advice:

Attribution costs for Research and Development

Online Course developed by the Department of Health and NIHR.  It is intended to help NIHR trainees and researchers to understand the benefits of good Patient and Public involvement into their research.

Enrolment Key = ethics

Enter the word ethics when prompted for an enrolment key

In healthcare there is a basic dilemma for all nurses, midwives and care staff.  In order to care for a patient we must often intervene in ways that in normal everyday life would be considered, at best, inappropriate and, at worst, either immoral or illegal.  We ask questions seeking sensitive information, we touch, we press, we probe and we may even hurt.  But, we do all this with the intention of providing care and in the best interests of our patients.  In clinical research, this dilemma is further magnified for here our intention is no longer the provision of care, but the discovery of new information that we hope will inform the care of others.    


The response to this dilemma at the centre of the caring profession has been to adopt principles of ethical practice that are built upon the notion of respect.  

This open online course is intended to give an introduction to research ethics, where they come from and why they are so important to us all.  

Allan Gaw

Professor Allan Gaw