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Career Development

Specifically designed for all researchers working in the field of global health...

The Professional Development Scheme (PDS)

The Professional Development Scheme (PDS) has been created by The Global Health Network and WHO-TDR. The scheme provides a comprehensive, high quality mechanism for recording, tracking and guiding professional development in health research by capturing core competencies, qualifications and training.

The Professional Development Scheme is based upon The Global Health Network TDR Global Competency Framework for Clinical Research which sets out the competencies that should be demonstrated by a research team to carry out a successful study. The framework can be applied to any health research study, regardless of the place, disease focus and type of research.

This Scheme offers all members of research staff a free, online system for maintaining a secure, validated and recognised record of professional development.

All Fellows are required to complete the PDS at the start of their fellowship and repeat it again at the end. This is a mandatory requirement.