Developing Complex Interventions to Improve Health

1 day course: Wednesday, 17th March 2021

Register your interestResearchers, clinicians, policy makers, patient groups and service providers often develop new interventions to address problems with health and health care. We will introduce people who are planning to develop interventions to the range of ways of doing this, and the key principles and actions to address. We will explore the different published approaches people can use and discuss how to choose the most appropriate one for a context, who should be part of an intervention development team, using co-design to unlock creative thinking, and how to design and refine a prototype. The day will be grounded in examples from our own experience of working in teams that have developed and adapted interventions, and working in the Research Design Service to advise people on intervention development.

Who will benefit

Anyone planning, leading, working on or involved in an intervention development study
Research Design Service advisors


  • Professor Alicia O'Cathain led MRC funded study of intervention development methodology INDEX.  Professor O'Cathain is the course leader for this 1 day short course.
  • Dr Liz Croot co-applicant on INDEX, adapted an intervention, participatory research.
  • Dr Lizzie Coates member of intervention development teams, Research Design Service Advisor.
  • Dr Sarah Drabble member of intervention development team.
  • Gemma Wheeler Sheffield Hallam University
Dates and times

1 day course: Wednesday, 17th March 2021

Start: 9am with Registration and Refreshments for a prompt course start at 9:30 am

Finish: 4:45pm


£249 - Early Bird Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 17th December 2020.

£349 - Standard Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 3rd March 2021.

£125 - for Eligible ScHARR Staff/ScHARR Students Only.  This is a reduced fee for our current ScHARR Staff, and/or current ScHARR Students where fees are paid either directly by the delegate, or directly by ScHARR e.g. nor from external funding either directly or indirectly.  Eligibility will need to be confirmed via Karen Holden prior to booking.  Please contact Karen Holden at, to confirm your eligibility and obtain the password required to make this booking.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 3rd March 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

This course has almost reached full capacity at present. 

If you would like to reserve a place on the course, please forward your details to Karen Holden at  You will then be contacted once the course has gone live again on our Online Store and bookings have been re-opened.

Booking and payment
Wherever possible we aim to run as many of our ScHARR short courses as is practically possible, but this may be in a different format to how they have previously been delivered, or were intending to be delivered. 

We are currently looking at other ways in which our courses could potentially be delivered e.g. online and which courses this would be suitable for.

Any bookings made for any of our ScHARR short courses will be ‘Covid-19 Secure’ meaning that we would ensure that any courses delivered face-to-face would only be done so if Government guidance permitted, and our venue(s) were able to adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we will be regularly updating to comply with Government guidance and restrictions.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made would be Covid-19 secure, whereby if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you

This course is live on our Online Store, and we are currently taking bookings. 

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store. Payment is by credit/debit card or PayPal and via invoice (purchase order required) if required.

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking and select the invoice option at the start of the booking process. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the purchase order is received at

If you have any queries regarding booking or payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Materials will include the 2019 MRC-funded guidance on intervention development.  Course materials will be provided on USB during registration, and via a Delegate Course Website, approximately one week prior to the course start date. 

NB:  Hard copies of powerpoint presentations will not be provided, but delegates can print these from the Delegate Course Website, if you prefer.


Sheffield venue TBC

Accommodation and Meals

Refreshments and lunch will be provided for the duration of this one day course.

Accommodation is not included in the course fee.  We do however have a preferential rate of £70 per night at Halifax Hall and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel.  Details of how to book these, will be provided in your confirmation email, upon receipt of your booking.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 6 November 2020