Researchers from the Oxford Health BRC, like many others across the country, are responding to the call to support frontline NHS services meeting the challenge of COVID-19. Many are prioritising their clinical work, returning to patient facing roles or offering their laboratory skills to support COVID-19 testing. This is in accordance with the latest NIHR guidance
As a consequence studies may be paused or delayed to enable researchers to prioritise clinical work. Other projects have been put on hold temporarily due to public health considerations.
Our staff are now working from home and we are conducting meetings remotely. Our programme of upcoming events have been postponed or cancelled – for further details relating to specific events please visit our training and events page.
As a mental health BRC we recognise that the current situation is causing significant worry and anxiety throughout the population. We are collaborating with colleagues across the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to make available resources to support people during this difficult time. These include:
- Free online mindfulness sessions and podcasts provided by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
- Advice on supporting children and young people with worries and anxiety provided by Emerging Minds.
- Guidance for older adults and their families provided by OxDARE
- NHS resources and advice from clinicians at Oxford Health NHS Foundation trust
- Resources from Every Mind Matters
The University of Oxford is at the forefront of research into developing a vaccine for the coronavirus and unprecedented speed, scope and ambition is required. You can find out more about the research here or make a donation in support of this work here.
The NIHR have published a Q&A on the impact of COVID-19 on research which is being updated as the situation develops.
For the most up-to-date official guidance on this rapidly evolving situation please visit the Oxford Health Foundation Trust website.