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Making Sense of Evidence Workshops

At PenCLAHRC we believe that better health care can be provided to patients by making decisions that are based on evidence.

Our Making Sense of Evidence (MSE) workshops are designed to teach you how to find and use evidence to make effective health and social care decisions.

Sarah Dean, Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School and academic lead for MSE, explains further:


The training

Our workshops are modelled on those run at the Centre for Evidence Based Practice in Oxford and are subsidised by PenCLAHRC.

We recognise that everyone has different starting points so we offer a number of courses that can be tailored to individual needs. With both full-day and shorter courses on offer, our workshops can be made to suit your availability and experience.

During the workshops you will:

  • Formulate a focused question
  • Track down and organise the best evidence
  • Gain experience of critically appraising the evidence
  • Understand the application of evidence in practice
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of your educational process

Edmund Jack, General Practitioner and Course Tutor, gives a short example of the kind of challenges the MSE training can help you tackle:


Workshop feedback

Below is a selection of feedback from participants who have attended previous workshops:

"A fantastic, concise introduction with good pointers on where to go next to keep learning. Thank you, very interesting and good discussions.”

"Really well organised workshop that helped to reinforce how evidence based medicine can be put into practice."

Upcoming workshops

Details of upcoming workshops can be found on our events page. To discuss scheduling a bespoke session for your organisation, please contact us:  Email

Sample course material

A selection of the course materials is available to download below:

For more information on the course content, please contact us:  Email


Upcoming Events


PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters room 1.27

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ReTrain project success

20 October 2016

The ReTrain project, supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association, has been investigating the effectiveness...
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Job opportunity - Communications Assistant

19 October 2016

We are looking to appoint a Communications Assistant who will make a significant contribution to...
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NIHR type 2 diabetes care review features PenCLAHRC systematic review paper

17 October 2016

A systematic review, co-authored by Professor Nicky Britten, has been included in a NIHR themed...
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Research Projects

STRENGTHEN - Firm Foundations for Health and Wellbeing

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

Improving health for those under community supervision, with the support of a Health Trainer.
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RCHT CPFT MSK therapy service integration

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske (RCHT) and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT) have been operating separate...
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Research Projects