Cluster Randomised Trials Design and Analysis

1 Day Course:  Wednesday, 17th June 2020


1-day course: Wednesday, 17th June 2020


Start: 9.00 am

Finish: 4.30 pm


£199 - Early Bird Rate, for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on Friday 17 April 2020.

£299 - Standard Rate, for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on Wednesday 3 June 2020, or up until the closing date or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Booking and Payment:

Provisional bookings are now being taken for this course. Please forward your details to Karen Holden at, where you will be contacted when the 2019 date has been confirmed.

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If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Accommodation and Meals:

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day of this one day course. 

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.

NB:  Accommodation is not included.

We do however have a preferential rate of £70 for our delegates at Halifax Hall, or £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall.  For further details of how to book to ensure these rates please contact Karen Holden at or by telephone +44 (0) 114 222 2698.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre

Endcliffe Vale Road,


S10 3ER.


For further information please contact the Short Course Unit via email at or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.

Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials (cRCTs) are trials which randomise groups of patients rather
than individual patients. Examples might include randomising communities to different public health
interventions, randomising practitioners to different methods of treating patients, or randomising
whole bodies when the target is an organ such as the eyes, kidneys or teeth. The analysis of CRTs is
more complex than that of individually randomised trials.

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to and understanding of the key issues in the
design, analysis and reporting of cluster randomised controlled trials (cRCTs). The course focusses on
cRCTs in the evaluation of healthcare and public health settings.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Clinicians who need to design CRTs
  • New researchers who want to appreciate the benefits
  • Statisticians who want to understand how to design and analyse CRTs

No formal statistical expertise is required, but a knowledge of basic statistics such as simple statistical tests would be an advantage.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Explain why cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary;
  • Recognise when cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary;
  • Identify the key decisions that have to be made when designing a cluster randomised controlled trial;
  • be aware of appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of trial data, including adjustment for covariates, subgroup analyses and multiple outcomes;
  • Design a hypothetical trial based on their knowledge gained throughout the course.

Course Content:

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.

Course Materials:

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 2 weeks prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course. Hard copies of powerpoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website if required.

A copy of the book ‘How to design, analyse and report cluster randomised controlled trials in medicine and health services research’ by Professor Mike Campbell and Professor Stephen Walters, will also be provided during registration, and is included in the cost of the course.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop/tablet for the duration of the course.

Course Faculty:

Professor Stephen Walters is the course leader for this course.