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Liverpool Covid-SMART pilot evaluation

A team of experts, led by the University of Liverpool, are evaluating Liverpool’s pilot of community testing to improve Covid-19 resilience and recovery.

Liverpool Covid-SMART pilot evaluation


On Friday, 6 November 2020, Liverpool City Council, NHS Test and Trace, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership, and The University of Liverpool, embarked on a national pilot of community open-access testing for the Covid-19 virus among people without symptoms.

The pilot aims to reduce or contain transmission of the virus while tackling the mounting harms to health, social and economic wellbeing from COVID restrictions.

A note that summarises the goals, evaluation criteria and planned evaluation deliverables from the Liverpool pilot of community testing for Covid-19 resilience and recovery was published on 1 December 2020.

Download the Liverpool Covid-SMART pilot evaluation [PDF, 0.3MB] to learn more.

Liverpool Covid-19 Community Testing Pilot - Interim Evaluation Report

This is an interim report from an evaluation led by the University of Liverpool into the Liverpool pilot of community open-access testing for the Covid-19 virus SARS-CoV-2 among those without symptoms. The evaluation was invited by the joint local and national command of the pilot and sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and published on 23 December 2020.

Download the Liverpool Community Testing Pilot Interim Evaluation [PDF, 3.9MB].

Response to criticism regarding the national rollout of the Innova Lateral Flow Test (LFT)

A response to the criticism regarding the continued rollout nationally of the Innova Lateral Flow Test (LFT) co-signed by University of Liverpool academics – January 2021

Download the briefing note for journalists [PDF, 258KB] to learn more.

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