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The SPCR invites all pre-doctoral trainees in SPCR member departments to attend a CPRD training day in Oxford.

Colleagues from Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) have agreed to run a training day for all PhD/DPhil students within SPCR member departments at St Luke’s Chapel, Oxford.

Attendees will gain knowledge of the type, format and breadth of data contained within CPRD and linked datasets (including hospital episodes and mental health data) and how these data can be used to conduct observational research studies. The day is aimed at both clinical and non-clinical SPCR trainees who are considering using CPRD data in the future, or are currently involved in a CPRD study which is in its early stages.

The Clinical Practice Research Datalink is a database of anonymised, longitudinal, primary care records from patients registered with contributing practices across the UK. The database records for more than 22 million patients and is representative of the UK population. It can also be linked with secondary care sources such as ONS mortality data and Hospital Episodes Statistics.


Preliminary programme


Arrival, registration and tea/coffee


Welcome and introductions


How do CPRD collect, process and make primary care data available for research?


First time CPRD user perspective (Brian Nicholson)


What is the breadth of primary care data available from CPRD – what does it contain and how is it structured?


How are medical and therapy events coded in primary care data – how can you select cohorts of patients with certain exposures or outcomes?




How do CPRD link primary care data to other data sources – and what linked data are available as standard?


How do you go about finding the data you need for a research study from the breadth of data available? – workshop style


Tea/ coffee break


What is the range of data available from hospital settings – an introduction to linked HES data –workshop style


Digging deeper into linked mental health data – workshop style


How can GP and patient perspectives add value to primary care data?