Training and capacity building

Training and capacity building at ARC West promotes the development of skills in understanding, using and producing evidence for the health and social care, public health and commissioning workforce, as well as the voluntary sector.

We do this through a programme of mostly one-day, interactive and practical courses, which are free for staff in our partner organisations. We also support research careers for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals through an annual internship scheme.

ARC West training

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Our courses

We offer both face to face and remote bookable short courses on a range of research focused subjects. We cover everything from research basics, such as questionnaire design, health economics and statistics, to communication and dissemination.

Our courses
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Self-led online learning

Our online training resources cover everything from the basics of evaluation through to advanced techniques like ripple effects mapping. A combination of videos and downloadable materials mean you can learn whenever suits you best, at your own pace.

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All training courses

Not sure which provider offers the course you need? Use our course search to find training on the subjects you’re interested in. The search covers our courses as well as those from other providers. You can also search by delivery format.

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Other development opportunities

Training from other providers

Take a look at courses and online learning materials from other training providers in our region and further afield.

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Research internship programme

ARC West, the University of the West of England and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston offer research internships for health and care professionals. The 2024 programme is now open for applications. The deadline for applications is 2pm on Wednesday 20 March 2024.

Find out more and apply

Application deadline is 2pm on Wednesday 20 March 2024

UWE personal research training awards

The UWE professional research training awards for NMAHPs provide academic fees for health professionals to complete a Masters level research methods module or dissertation module. The spring call is now open. Please contact Alison Diaper (Alison.Diaper@uwe.ac.uk) with any queries. The application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 1 May 2024.

Read about the research method module Read about the dissertation module

Application deadline is 5pm on 1 May 2024

South West HEE-NIHR integrated clinical and practitioner academic programme awards

The South West Health Education England HEE-NIHR integrated clinical academic programme awards provide short-term support for those aspiring to develop a clinical academic career and apply for national awards. The Spring 2024 award call is now open and the application deadline is midday, Tuesday 21 May 2024.

Read more and apply

Application deadline is midday on Tuesday 21 May 2024

Career development funding from NIHR

Take a look at NIHR’s support for professionals working in health and social care.

Find out more on the NIHR website

Our training team

Mary Cramp

Mary Cramp

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Lead
Julie Mytton

Julie Mytton

Training and Capacity Building Theme Co-Lead
Rob Grieve

Rob Grieve

Training and Capacity Building Theme Co-Lead