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    impact mental health blog

    Understanding the impact of the pandemic on people with mental ill health

    12 October 2020

    Gordon Johnston is a peer researcher with lived experience of mental ill health. Gordon is a co-applicant on the University of York’s Optimising Wellbeing during Self-isolation (OWLS) project, recently funded by the NIHR and UK Research and Innovation. He describes the background to the project and how he was involved in its development.

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    Helping mental health services rise to the challenge of COVID-19

    10 October 2020

    It’s clear that the UK’s COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s mental as well as physical health. Researchers from NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre are studying how mental health services can best help people to get the care that they need during these difficult times.

    Maria Paton is a HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow.

    Using my COVID-19 experience as an opportunity for positive change

    19 August 2020

    Maria Paton is an HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow (CDRF) and Lead Cardiac Scientist for Heart Failure and Device Services at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). She explains her experience of returning to clinical work and how COVID-19 provided a chance to learn and develop their service for the better.

    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Removing the cloak of invisibility

    16 July 2020

    Heather Willis, a Research Nurse at Good Hope Hospital, has been working on the frontline, delivering urgent public health research during the pandemic. Her experience has reinforced her views that research makes a real difference to patient lives and is best delivered as part of a team. Part of the COVID-19 Research Voices series.

    Thomas Walters, a Senior Research Nurse from London, describes his experience of going back to ICU and how that’s renewed his appreciation for research. Part of the Covid-19 Research Voices series.

    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Going back to the frontline

    09 July 2020

    Thomas Walters, a Senior Research Nurse from London, describes his experience of going back to ICU and how that’s renewed his appreciation for research. Part of the Covid-19 Research Voices series.

    Ensuring ethnic diversity in COVID-19 research

    01 July 2020

    People from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are disproportionately affected by coronavirus infection, so it’s imperative that they’re included in COVID-19 research. Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Professor Azhar Farooqi share some tips on how to successfully involve people from BAME backgrounds in your research.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Answering the call to support our health services

    30 June 2020

    Adam Galloway is a Senior Children’s Physiotherapist and HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellow (PCAF). This is Adam’s story of how he has increased his time working clinically in response to COVID-19 whilst still managing to submit an application for his next career development award with the NIHR Academy.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Research has never been so important

    05 June 2020

    Fiona Yelnoorkar is Lead Midwife at the Clinical Research Network North East North Cumbria, and is responsible for the management of NIHR specialties including Reproductive Health and Childbirth (RH&C). Fiona writes about her experiences redeployed to support the recruitment of pregnant women as part of the COVID-19 research team at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Diary of an ICU nurse

    01 June 2020

    Lauran O’Neill is a Senior Research Nurse in Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) critical care research team. She’s worked at GOSH for around 15 years in total but has never been busier and prouder of her colleagues than in the last six weeks. This is her experience of COVID-19 so far.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Diving into the unknown

    24 April 2020

    Research nurse Georgina Falagan-Garmon’s skills are needed more than ever as she readies herself for a return to the Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU). Part of our series: Covid-19 Research Voices.