Dr Debra Evans
Senior Lecturer and PG Research Education Lead for Health MScs
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Debra has taught at BCU for over 20 years. The principal subjects she teaches are topics related to research and evidence-based practice mainly at Master’s and Degree level. Debra is extremely interested in equipping health students with research skills to evaluate the effectiveness of health care interventions – basically getting students to question anything they do to influence someone’s state of health and finding out what evidence, if any, underpins it.
Debra tries to do this by teaching them about things like hierarchies of evidence, randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews and measures of clinical effectiveness. Removing the “fear factor” often associated with quantitative primary and secondary research is often the main hurdle and over the years she has tried to devise activities on her modules to tackle this.
Debra is RGN trained and her PhD and Degree were in Physiology. These, along with various courses, such as a Systematic Review course at Sheffield University, a Clinical Trials course at Edinburgh University, a Cochrane Workshop at Oxford University, and a Statistics Module undertaken with the Open University, have all helped underpin her teaching with content validity.
They have also helped with the undertaking and publishing of Systematic Reviews for Cochrane and a funded clinical Randomised Controlled Trial. These research experiences plus her Cert Ed have hopefully contributed to Debra's credibility as a research teacher and supervisor/mentor for her level 7 and level 6 students. They themselves have to learn about Research methods and Evidence based practice and undertake primary and secondary research plans and projects.
In June 2016 Debra rewrote the module templates for the core 20 credit level 7 Research methods module and the 60 credit level 7 Dissertation module and created a module template for a 40 credit level 7 Dissertation module. She also created the associated Moodle sites and with colleagues updated the guidance documents for these modules and associated MSc workshops.