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

Since the start of the pandemic, we have made vital equipment available to the NHS, opened up campus car parks to NHS staff, provided accommodation for front-line workers and made 15,000 3D-printed protective visors for local NHS trusts. Many of our clinical academics returned to front-line medicine and final year medical students volunteered to support patient care at local hospitals.

We have also helped the NHS and researchers to better understand how the virus moves and spreads around the UK by analysing data from the Evergreen Life app, which connects patients to their GP records asks them questions about their health.

Our Psychological Resource Network is providing free online support aimed at front-line NHS staff. Project ARES brings together professional, clinical and academic experts with extensive experience of dealing with critical incidents to address the psychological challenges faced by front-line workers responding to COVID-19.

With COVID-19 vaccines hailed as the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, more than 500 students from our School of Medicine are currently supporting the vaccine roll out. Student doctors from Years 3 to 5 have the option of taking on additional hours outside of their normal NHS training hours, with the School and NHS partners are working together to ensure they can do so safely and efficiently.

Helping the city region

The University partnered with the Liverpool City Region to deliver a national pilot of community open-access testing for the COVID-19 virus among people without symptoms. The Liverpool Covid-SMART pilot was a major public health intervention, with a quarter of the local population coming forward to take part. Our researchers are leading on the evaluation of the pilot to help policymakers with similar approaches to COVID-19 testing.

Our Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place is producing regular policy briefings 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 are intended to create a diverse, current and informative Liverpool-City-Region-focused repository of research and case studies.

Recognising the additional educational pressure on students during the pandemic, our Widening Participation team has been working hard to continue to support the school students we would traditionally have engaged with on campus. Since the start of the first lockdown, we have been able to sign up over 300 young people from disadvantaged groups to virtual one-to-one academic mentoring with undergraduate mentors.

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Student doctors support the Covid-19 vaccine rollout across the city region.

Over 500 students from the University’s School of Medicine jumped at the chance to support the COVID vaccine roll out, and have been struck by the power of a tiny vial to lift the spirits - not least their own.  (Photo courtesy of Wirral CCG).