How to get involved

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Every year, on 20 May, we celebrate International Clinical Trials Day, recognising the date of the first ever clinical trial. We would like your help to promote the benefits of clinical research and to spread the word about the positive impact research has on NHS services and more importantly, people’s lives.

With your help, we can increase involvement in health and care research helping to develop new treatments and ultimately to make a difference to people's lives.

Let’s make the most of our collective voice and share the positives of research.

You can get involved in a number of different ways.

Join our Thunderclap

Sign up to our Thunderclap. A Thunderclap involves hundreds of people publishing the same positive message on their social media accounts at the same time on the same day. Our Thunderclap will take place at 12pm on Sunday 20 May for International Clinical Trials Day.

By signing up, you agree to tweet or post a message on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (or all three). Once you join you’ll also have the option to invite your friends and followers too, spreading our message even further!

Our message is:

You can help develop life changing treatments! Get involved in health research. Give a gift to the NHS for its 70th.

Add a Twibbon

Add our I Am Research Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture. With this, you pledge your support as someone who believes in health research.

Share photos with our social media board

Take a photo of yourself with our social media board to share how you are involved in research. You can print a copy of the board and write your own message about supporting research; for example: “I am researching Alzheimer’s disease” or “I am helping to improve diabetes care”.

Take a photo and share it on social media using our campaign-specific hashtags: #IAmResearch, #NHS70 and #ICTD2018. 

Follow our campaign online and on social media

You can follow our I Am Research and NHS70 campaign on our dedicated campaign webpage:

We’ll also be sharing information on our NIHR social media channels:
Twitter - @OfficialNIHR
Facebook - @OfficialNIHR
LinkedIn - National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)