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COVIDAssist: Exploring the perspectives of doctors & nurses of student assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

We are collaborating with IncisionUK on their COVIDAssist study. This study is exploring the perspectives of doctors & nurses on student assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

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Background

 

The training medical students receive means they could be used as auxiliary healthcare staff during pandemics and disasters. During COVID-19, many medical students volunteered in healthcare settings in clinical and non-clinical capacities. While there has been research into students’ perceptions of the pandemic and their role within the NHS, the way healthcare staff perceive this student response has not been explored.

 

Methods

 

The COVIDAssist study is a cross-sectional survey of doctors & nurses who worked alongside medical students in the NHS during the pandemic. We will use qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse responses.

 

Aims and objectives

 

Primary outcome:

The primary objective of the study is to assess how effective student response was in reducing the burden on healthcare teams during the pandemic.

 

Secondary outcomes:

To identify:

  • The broad specialty (e.g. medicine, surgery, primary care) and healthcare roles in which medical students had the biggest impact
  • The GMC outcome-based skills students exhibited
  • The training provided to students before volunteering and what additional training could have been provided to students.

 

Objectives

The outcomes of this study will help inform current and future guidance on effective student deployment during pandemics and disasters. The results are also expected to provide insight into necessary training adaptations.

 

Protocol

 

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Project Status

 

Protocol Development

Collaborator Registration

Ethical Approval

Data Collection

Data Analysis

Manuscript Preparation

Submission to Journal

Acceptance

Publication

 

Team

 

Primary Investigator: Soham Bandyopadhyay

Steering committee: Vigneshwar Raj Veerappan, Michael Kawka, Aleksander Dawidziuk, Sanskrithi Sravanam, James Ashcroft, Matthew Byrne, Soham Bandyopadhyay

 

Support

 

This study is conducted by the University of Oxford.

 

 

This study is supported by:

  • IncisionUK
  • Royal Society of Medicine Student Members Group
  • MedEd Collaborative