Translational researchers' training and development needs, preferences, and barriers: a survey in a National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre in the United Kingdom

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Bell, K., Shah, S., Henderson, L. and Kiparoglou, V. 2022. Translational researchers' training and development needs, preferences, and barriers: a survey in a National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre in the United Kingdom. Clinical and Translational Science. 15 (7), pp. 1737-1752. https://doi.org/10.1111/cts.13289
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TitleTranslational researchers' training and development needs, preferences, and barriers: a survey in a National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre in the United Kingdom
AuthorsBell, K., Shah, S., Henderson, L. and Kiparoglou, V.
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The objective was to identify translational researchers’ training and development needs, preferences, and barriers to attending training. This cross-sectional study involved an online questionnaire survey. The research population comprised a convenience sample of translational researchers and support staff (N = 798) affiliated with the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. The response rate was 24%. Of 189 respondents, 114 were women (60%) and 75 were men (40%). The respondents were mainly research scientists (31%), medical doctors and dentists (17%), and research nurses and midwives (16%). Many of the respondents had attended at least one training course in the last year (68%). Training in statistics and data analysis was the most common training received (20%). Leadership training was the most wanted training (25%). Morning was the most preferred time of training (60%). Half a day was the ideal duration of a training course (41%). The main teaching hospital site was the most preferred location of training (46%). An interactive workshop was the most favored delivery style of training (52%). Most common barriers to attending training were the lack of time (31%), work (21%) and clinical commitments (19%), and family and childcare responsibilities (14%). Some differences in training needs, preferences, and barriers were found by gender and role, though these were not statistically significant. Translational researchers want short, easily accessible, and interactive training sessions during the working day. The training needs, preferences, and barriers to attending training need to be considered while developing inclusive training programs in biomedical research settings.

Sustainable Development Goals9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
PublisherWiley
JournalClinical and Translational Science
ISSN1752-8054
Electronic1752-8062
Publication dates
PrintJul 2022
Online15 May 2022
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Submitted01 Nov 2021
Accepted14 Apr 2022
Deposited25 Mar 2024
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/cts.13289
Web of Science identifierWOS:000795743500001
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