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The perfect storm: How COVID-19 public health messages may not serve ethnic minority communities

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.

  • Published: 25 March 2022

Improving the uptake of research findings in global health

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.

  • Published: 14 July 2021

Why we need to test COVID-19 tests

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.

  • Published: 21 January 2021

The long journey to understanding the mental health impact of COVID-19

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.

  • Published: 01 December 2020

Reflections on the first wave: a research midwife’s experience

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.

  • Published: 17 November 2020

Using my skills in the race to find a vaccine

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

  • Published: 05 November 2020

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

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.

  • Published: 12 October 2020
World Mental Health Day

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

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.

  • Published: 10 October 2020

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Our experience as Covid-19 Medical Student Volunteers

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.

  • Published: 31 July 2020
Covid-19 Research Voices: Heather Willis

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Removing the cloak of invisibility

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.

  • Published: 16 July 2020

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Going back to the frontline

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.

  • Published: 09 July 2020
Covid-19 Research Voices: Keith Hugill

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Research on the frontline

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.

  • Published: 03 July 2020

Ensuring ethnic diversity in COVID-19 research

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.

  • Published: 01 July 2020
Covid-19 Research voices: Adam Galloway

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Answering the call to support our health services

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.

  • Published: 30 June 2020
COVID-19 Research Voices: Fiona Yelnoorkar

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Research has never been so important

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.

  • Published: 05 June 2020
Covid-19 Research Voices: Lauran O'Neill

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Diary of an ICU nurse

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.

  • Published: 01 June 2020
Covid-19 Research Voices: Georgina Falagan-Garmon

#Covid19ResearchVoices: Diving into the unknown

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.

  • Published: 24 April 2020