Course Description

The course

Evidence-based practice (EBP), the way we base our clinical decisions on the best scientific evidence available, is as relevant to experienced clinicians and policy makers as it is to students and newly graduates. In fact, possessing an understanding of the principles of EBP and ways of applying evidence into practice is now an essential criterion of all Physio and clinical jobs.

EBP is an enormously helpful tool to guide your clinical practice when there is uncertainty about what the best intervention is for a specific patient group. However, for most clinicians, taking the time to search, critique and apply the evidence is something they feel they cannot afford to do on a daily basis. It can also be hard to strike a balance between the scientific nature of EBP and the importance of our patients’ values and preferences.

Too busy, too many patients, not enough admin time…

All this often results in what we call “stagnant” practice: clinical skills that we don’t update as much as we'd like, treatment interventions that we don’t seem to really “nail” and, ultimately, unhappy patients.

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This EBP course has been designed with this in mind!

We’ve adapted content from our clinical experience, from Ed’s MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare, from advice from our own mentors and other expert sources to come up with a short course that helps clinicians from all backgrounds and experience to better integrate valid, reliable and relevant evidence into their day-to-day practice. We’ll tell you how to use evidence to really make a difference to your practice and clinical skills. But most importantly, we’ll give you the tools we use ourselves to do so with very little time and all the pressures of a full-time clinical job.

You’ll learn:

  • The core EBP basics which will teach you how to best use evidence to enhance your practice;
  • The best way to formulate relevant questions so you can get the relevant answers you’re looking for;
  • The tools we use every day to search the evidence quickly and effectively and find super-relevant results to your specific topic;
  • Tips to critique the evidence quickly and easily without being a statistics freak or having to go through hours of reading to decide whether to apply or pass;
  • The concept of mixed methods and how you can make the most of quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Knowledge in translation and how to facilitate the transition between what is found in the evidence and what is done in practice.

You’ll also get:

  • Personalised feedback on your assignments from Ed our EBP specialist so you can really learn and grow as an evidence-based practitioner! Don’t worry, this is all pretty casual, no essay-writing or crazy learning to do;
  • Our Evidence-Based Practice pack to download which summarises the concepts of the course in one place;
  • A certificate of completion for your own CPD portfolio;
  • Material you can print and keep in your folder at work which will help you quickly make sense of a paper;
  • Life-long email support from our team, so you can get the answers to any questions you have on the course and how to apply what you’ve learned, now or in a year’s time.
  • Priority access and discount to our future courses and events;
  • Your money back if you’re not satisfied with the content of the course and tell us within 14 days.



By the end of this 3-part online workshop, you will be expected to be able to:

Part I

  1. Understand the core principles of EBP
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of study designs/research methods and how to use them to their best potential
  3. Formulate clear, relevant and answerable questions for any clinical scenario

Part II

  1. Perform "power searches" to quickly and effectively search the literature using different resources and platforms
  2. Save time when critiquing the literature by using critical appraisal tools for a wide range of study types

Part III

  1. Understand the implications of qualitative vs quantitative research and their impact in terms of applying the evidence
  2. Understand the concept of mixed methods and how it can really bring value to your practice
  3. Have an awareness of the emerging science of knowledge translation and how to bridge the gap between your learning and your practice

EBP specialist

Ed Doe

Ed is a Senior Physiotherapist based in London. In a clinical setting he primarily specialises in the management of musculoskeletal injuries. He completed an MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare at the University of Oxford and in 2015 he conducted a systematic review of clinical practice guidelines regarding the management of concussion in Rugby Union. Ed also runs our EBP seminar and has contributed to our EBP interview pack.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part I: Introduction to EBP and to clinical questions

    • Module 1a: Background and introduction to EBP

    • Module 1b: Key EBP Principles

    • Module 2a: Study designs and research methods

    • Module 2b: (article) Best in class: the RCT

    • Module 3a: Formulating clear answerable questions

    • Module 3b: (video) The PICO approach, by PEDro

    • Part I assignment

  • 2

    Part II: Searching and critically appraising

    • Module 4a: Introduction to searching

    • Module 4b: Searching methods and tools

    • Module 4c: Searching checklist

    • Module 5a: Critically appraising - watch out for Bevs!

    • ​Module 5b: Critical appraisal tools and checklists

    • Part II assignment: reading material

    • Part II assignment

  • 3

    ​Part III: Mixed methods and knowledge translation

    • Module 6a: So what's best? Qualitative or quantitative research?

    • ​Module 6b: Mixed methods, the best of both worlds.

    • ​Module 7: Lost in (knowledge) translation

    • Part III assignment

    • Part III reflection

  • 4

    Review of objectives and continuous support

    • Thank you!