Together with its Liverpool Health Partners, the University is delivering an integrated approach to supporting the city region's public health agenda. This partnership, and the University’s commitment to supporting NHS colleagues during this current global pandemic, has never been stronger.

Professor Louise Kenny

We're supporting our NHS, our number one stakeholder, and our amazing city. All of our resource and effort is going into our COVID-19 research and clinical support activity.

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Professor Louise Kenny.
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Supporting the NHS

We're making equipment, such as oxygen compressors and patterns to sew made-to-order scrubs, available to the NHS, opening up University car parks to NHS staff and providing accomodation for front-line NHS workers. Our Melville Grove halls of residence is now exclusively available to staff working at the nearby Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Social distancing measures are in place at the site to ensure a safer living environment. We're offering NHS hospital trusts any other support we can give to help them cope with the impact of the pandemic in the city region.

Our clinical academics, including Professor Louise Kenny, are returning to front-line medicine, as well as final year medical students volunteering to support patient care at local hospitals. Thousands of medical students and staff are supporting in non-clinical areas, such as providing childcare for key workers and food distribution across the city.

Visors in production

Staff and PhD students from the School of Engineering and Architecture have used their expertise in 3D printing and laser cutting technologies to produce over 15,000 protective visors for healthcare staff in local NHS trusts. University staff have had support from Unilever, AMB, Smurfit Kappa and Taylor Wessing.

Researchers from the University’s Institute of Population Health Sciences and Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, working with colleagues at The University of Manchester and Evergreen Life Ltd, have developed a live map of COVID-19 symptoms. An app that connects patients to their GP records asks them questions about their health, to help the NHS and researchers better understand how the virus is moving and spreading around the UK.

Helping the city region

Our Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place is producing a series of policy briefs to help support civic leaders, policy makers and the general public in Liverpool City Region through the COVID-19 crisis and onwards, to “Build Back Better”. The briefings will be published regularly on a dedicated section of the Heseltine Institute’s website, with the intention of creating a diverse, current and informative Liverpool-City-Region-focused repository of research and case studies.

The Institute has also created a blog, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents of deprived communities in the city region.

The University is working hard to support the NHS and the City of Liverpool.

NHS Thank You

A short film, entitled ‘NHS Thank You’, featuring a number of veterans and celebrities, helped the University launch an online resource, Project ARES. The project provides free support and materials for COVID-19 front-line responders to help them with the unique psychological challenges they face. You can watch the film here:

If you can donate any of the following medical supplies, please contact us:

  • Surgical scrubs
  • Plastic aprons
  • Gloves
  • Water resistant surgical masks
  • Gowns
  • FFP3 masks
  • Visors
  • Surgical caps
  • QIAsymphony Virus/Bacteria midi kit 937055
  • QIAamp MinElute Virus Spin Kit 57704
Some of the final-year medical students currently volunteering

Liverpool medical students volunteer on COVID-19 frontline

More than 230 final-year medical students at the University of Liverpool have volunteered to help the NHS tackle the COVID-19 crisis.