Journal Club


Journal Club is open to all health professionals and is a fun, informal way of learning to criticise papers and gather evidence to change practice.

At each meeting a speaker presents a critical appraisal of a research paper using the CASP appraisal tool.

Group members then have an informal discussion to determine whether or not current practice should be altered in light of the presenter’s findings

Muffins and drinks are provided at every meeting.

Presentation guidance

There are five stages to follow:

  1. identify a knowledge gap and frame a clinical question
  2. conduct a literature search for the best evidence to answer that question
  3. appraise the evidence and select a paper which comes closest to providing an answer to the clinical question (or choose one from the folder of suggested papers in the library)
  4. email the details of the paper to Sarah Massey for distribution to club members
  5. prepare the presentation and present the findings at Journal Club

Help with all stages is available from the library or download the Journal Club Handbook for further guidance.

Journal Club schedule

Meetings take place in the Clinical Skills Centre, F Floor, Stephenson Wing twice a month on Wednesdays 8-9am or 5.30-6.30pm, Tuesdays 1-2pm and Thursdays 8-9am.

A full list of dates and further information is available in the Journal Club Handbook.

Journal Club presentations

View a complete list of presentations from February 2012 to now. Copies of presentations are available on request from the library.

Introduction to Critical Appraisal course

An ‘Introduction to Critical Appraisal’ training course runs several times a year for Trust staff.

  • understand the principles of critical appraisal and why you should do it
  • be able to appraise published research and judge its reliability
  • be able to assess the relevance of published research to your own work

The next course dates are:

Friday 7 July 2017, 9.30am-1pm
Friday 22 September 2017, 9am-12.30pm

Places can be booked through the Trust intranet.

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