1:1 Research Support

If you are studying, undertaking a research project or working towards an accreditation or revalidation, personalised support is available. Access 1-to-1  support to discover the best resources for your topic, master literature search techniques to pinpoint essential evidence. Gain the skills to navigate and understand research effectively to meet your accreditation requirements.

For clinicians pursuing Advanced Practitioner accreditation, this support is especially relevant, helping you to meet the criteria of the research pillar in the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England

1:1 research support is bespoke to you, but will often include:

  • Discussion of your research topic, and the aims of your project
  • What resources would be relevant to meet your needs
  • Demonstrating how to access relevant resources
  • The best ways to use the resources to retrieve the most relevant results
  • How to manage your results: referencing and using reference management software

Contact your Primary Care Knowledge Specialist to discuss your needs and arrange a meeting beth.thompson16@nhs.net 


Useful Resources

These resources below are a great starting point to find, understand and evaluate research evidence.

Literature Searching

How to Search the Literature Effectively

This online module on E-learning for Healthcare gives a good introduction to getting started, developing a search strategy, what to do about too few, or too many results and how to search the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub as well as databases.


Critical Appraisal

What is critical appraisal?

“Critical Appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context. It is an essential skill for evidence-based medicine because it allows people to find and use research evidence reliably and efficiently.” (CASP 2022)


Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)

This website is essential for understanding critical appraisal.  It provides guidance and resources such as checklists to help you evaluate research papers. Barts Health Libraries have put together a series of videos on how to apply the CASP checklists to different types of research studies:

Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE)

This website is aimed at students, S4BE provides guidance and resources on critical appraisal and evidence-based practice


University of Birmingham Introduction to Critical Appraisal online module

This short online module is free to access and gives a good introduction to critical appraisal and using CASP checklists