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Professor Andrew Ustianowski, Joint National Specialty Lead for Infection, and Tracy Harman, Head of Medical Directorate, reflect on how COVID-19 impacted the research delivery landscape and how the research community can learn from this legacy.
Research has uncovered how historical and contemporary injustice and institutional mistrust influenced how public health information was received by ethnic minority communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Tushna Vandrevala describes how important it is to get government messaging right and the advice from her research on creating inclusive and effective health behaviour communications.
Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health Research at the University of Oxford and Head of the Global Health Network and Senior Research Scientist in Tropical Medicine at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, reflects on the challenges of translating research into standard practice.
Scientists and engineers have rushed to fill the gap for rapid diagnostic tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how do we know which ones work best in which settings? The researchers behind the COVID-19 National Diagnostic Research and Evaluation platform (CONDOR) outline how their study is evaluating new diagnostic tests to speed up real-world use.
21 January 2021
John Geddes, Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry at Oxford University, discusses the importance of looking at both the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic on mental health a month after NIHR published its dynamic themed review of 'ongoing' COVID-19.
01 December 2020
Shaun Treweek, Ella Anderson, Adepeju Oshisanya and Miles Witham write about the problem of trials that do not represent the communities they are meant to serve. Here they explain how the NIHR INCLUDE initiative aims to change this.
24 November 2020
Research Midwife and Midwifery Practice Facilitator Hayley Martin stepped away from the maternity ward during the first peak of the pandemic to join the COVID-19 Research Team at the Princess Royal University Hospital, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Now a principal investigator for a maternity COVID-19 data registry study, Hayley writes about her journey.
17 November 2020
Barbara Moore, Senior Public Involvement Manager, at Health and Care Research Wales, writes about her experience working with participants in the Oxford University vaccine trial and the importance of including the public’s voice in shaping how research is conducted
05 November 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.
12 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.
10 October 2020
Research nurse Samantha Caddick and clinical trials coordinator Salma Kadiri, both working in Birmingham, relive the moment they recruited the first patient on an innovative cell therapy trial for COVID-19. Their blog is part of our COVID-19 Research Voices series.
21 August 2020
Eight medical student volunteers at Heartlands Hospital, part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust write about their experiences delivering essential COVID-19 clinical research as staff were deployed to the NHS frontline. Their blog is part of our COVID-19 Research Voices series.
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.
Keith Hugill, Research Coordinator, Critical Care Unit, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, tells us what it has been like on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
Dr Jay Naisbitt, a Consultant in Intensive Care medicine, has found that integrating research into routine practice has facilitated patient recruitment into urgent public health studies and has boosted morale across his team. Part of the COVID-19 Research Voices series.
Dr Chris Green, a Consultant in Infectious Diseases, explains how a wide range of research studies are needed to answer the many different questions raised in the fight against COVID-19. Part of the Covid-19 Research Voices series.
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.
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.
Dr Margaret Ikpoh, a GP from Hull who describes the impact of Covid-19 on her practice in the latest #ResearchVoices blog series.
Research Nurse Manager Carol Beane was considering retiring this summer. She is now leading the research delivery team at the new NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in response to Covid-19.
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.