Global Health Trials – how to get involved
One of the reasons members tell us that they love Global Health Trials is that all the information on the site comes from other researchers who are in similar settings to you; members are helping one another, simply through sharing their own experiences. Whatever level of staff you are, and whatever your role is within trials, YOU have developed experience in the practical side of running trials, and you can help other people simply through sharing these experiences.
By getting involved and sharing what you've done, you can earn different levels of attainment, such as CONTRIBUTOR STATUS or EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR, and you can even join or start a regional group. It's great for your career, great for your CV, and it's great for the world of researchers - and it's fun and interesting too! Read below to find different ways of joining in today.
- Contribute to discussion forums
Global Health Trials has discussion groups on a number of topics about clinical trial operations. To find them, click on ‘Community Activity’ and then ‘Discussion Groups’. Here, researchers can talk with members all around the world, about common problems they face and potential solutions. New job opportunities, training courses and events are also often posted here. You can contribute by writing a new discussion item (it could be about a problem you’re finding at work, or you could for example post a case study), or contributing to existing discussions.
- Write a blog
Blogs are for writing about your experiences – a training course you attended, a new trial you are starting, how you are setting up your database, the process of applying for ethics approval, and so on. Anyone who is a member can write a blog – tell us your experiences!
- Build your training profile – take an eLearning course and fill in your Professional Membership Scheme Profile
Global Health Trials has many free eLearning courses, all fully certified. These are free to take and can be taken in your own time, and downloaded to be read offline if you prefer.
The Professional Membership Scheme is a free, audited system to help you to track your continued professional development. Join up and receive a membership level according to your experience, education and career history, and then gain more points each time you attend a training course, have a poster at a conference, gain more experience, and so on.
- Join a regional faculty
Regional faculties are localised groups of Global Health Trials members, who work together to network, share local opportunities (e.g. training courses), organise workshops, and so on. Global Health Trials currently has four regional faculties; to sign up, find your relevant area in the ‘regional faculties’ page and write your name and experience in the relevant discussion group.
- Tell us about local events, job opportunities and training opportunities
If you write and tell us about new job opportunities, events and local training initiatives, we can share them with people in your local area. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write a Resource Article
The ‘Resources’ section of Global Health Trials is for researchers to find reliable, peer-reviewed information about every step and process involved with clinical research. Perhaps you have given a training seminar on, for example, monitoring? Or written a paper about your community engagement programme, or would like to share your experiences setting up a new research laboratory. Send us your proposed article at email@example.com, and we can help you to have it peer reviewed and posted on the website, with you as the author.
- Sign your Site up to Site-Finder
Do you work with a research group? Would you group be interested in developing new research collaborations and working on new studies? Site-Finder is a free interactive directory of research sites; it is part of The Global Health Network so you can use your usual log in, and it lists research sites so that others can easily find and contact them about new studies. It's free and easy, sign up your site today by clicking on the link above and clicking 'add a site'.