One of the things that we are trying to cultivate with WEPHREN is the involvement of network members around the world to support and offer advice to other members.
Whatever level of staff you are, and whatever your role is within prisons or prison health, YOU have developed experience in the field and you can help other people simply through sharing these experiences.
Contribute to discussion forums
WEPHREN asks member to develop discussion groups, learn how to do this here (link to Community>discussion section). In this section researchers and practitioners can talk with members all around the world, about common problems they face and potential solutions. 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. There is also the opportunity to have open and closed discussion groups to enable collaborators to use the space to work together.
Write a blog
Blogs are for writing about your experiences – a training course you attended, a new programme you are starting, how you are setting up your project, the process of applying for funding, ethics approval etc. Anyone who is a member can write a blog – tell us your experiences!
Build your training profile – take an eLearning course
WEPHREN has access to many free eLearning courses, all fully certified, through The Global Health Network. These are free to take and can be taken in your own time, and downloaded to be read offline if you prefer. WEPHREN is also keen to develop its own training courses and would look to its members to support this, do contact us if you have ideas and thoughts about this at WEPHREN@phe.gov.uk
The Professional Membership Scheme
This is a free, audited system through The Global Health Network 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.
Start a local network
Local networks can help to identify people who can work together and share local opportunities (e.g. training courses, funding applications), organise workshops, and so on.
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 WEPHREN@phe.gov.uk
Write a Resource Article
The ‘Resources’ section of Global Health Trials is for members to find and share guidance and articles on prison health issues. Please so send us links to documents and resources you think would be useful to other WEPHREN members.
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'.