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. 

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