NHS-R Workshop: Introduction to R and R Studio – 16th August 2023

Introduction to R and R Studio

  • Wednesday 16th August 2023 with Simon Wellesley-Miller
  • 09:00am until 4:00pm (UK time)

Learn about how to import data, wrangle data and produce and export graphs.

Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge of R is required; however, it is assumed that you will have a moderate level of computer literacy. For example, you will be able to navigate to drives and files and be confident in searching for solutions to technical problems on the internet. You will work with, or have an interest in, data..

About the course: This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in data analysis using Excel, SQL, Access or uses statistical programmes like SPSS to get started with R and R Studio.  After this course, you will:

  • See examples of R in producing healthcare related visualisations and use publicly available healthcare data to answer questions.
  • Recognise and understand key terms often used by users of R.
  • Interact with R using the RStudio environment.
  • Learn how to set up some of the accessibility features of RStudio.
  • Take charge of their workflow using RStudio projects.
  • Import data into R using csv files (other data sources will be discussed).
  • Carry out data manipulation using simple steps to solve complex problems.
  • Join multiple tables together.
  • Produce and save plots using ggplot2.
  • Learn how to find more information on functions within R packages.
  • Open an RMarkdown template and learn how to get started in producing an integrated text and code report. Take away ideas for continuing learning after the course


Please register via the Sign up link in the right panel.
You will need to register as a member of the NHS-R Community to register for NHS-R Events.

You will receive a confirmation email, further workshop information including the calendar invite with the Zoom link to join the workshop will be sent out to you nearer the date.

Please note: This course is limited to NHS employees and those who work in UK public sector organisations such as PHE, local councils and DHSC.

For further information, please contact: nhs.rcommunity@nhs.net

Event Speakers

Simon Wellesley-Miller

Senior Analytical Manager NHS E/I

I am Simon Wellesley-Miller based in Exeter, I am a Senior Analytical Manger in NHS England, working in the Elective Recovery Team and also regional South West Intelligence and Insights Team. I am very passionate about using data to improve outcomes for the NHS and recently completed a Masters Degree in Healthcare Data Science at Exeter University. I have previously worked in an analytical role for a mental health provider, the police and child protection services.
I am a fellow of the NHS-R community and keen to promote data science and the use of R in the NHS, I have been using R for about 4 years and really passionate the use of R for robust analytics.
I lead for the South West Branch of APHA (association of professional healthcare analysts) and keen to promote analytical networks across the south west and wider.
In what little spare time I have, I love running and cycling, specifically ultra running. I am also a massive nerd and run dungeons and dragons sessions for my kids and friends.

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August 16, 2023

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9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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