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.
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.
The primary objective of the study is to assess how effective student response was in reducing the burden on healthcare teams during the pandemic.
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.
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.
Submission to Journal
Primary Investigator: Soham Bandyopadhyay
Steering committee: Vigneshwar Raj Veerappan, Michael Kawka, Aleksander Dawidziuk, Sanskrithi Sravanam, James Ashcroft, Matthew Byrne, Soham Bandyopadhyay
The study is conducted by the University of Oxford and supported by: