Volunteering opportunities

COVID-19 VOLUNTEER TESTING NETWORK
This network is searching for volunteer labs, and appropriately skilled volunteers, willing to take on some essential work to help stem the spread of the virus. The principle aim of the network is to provide COVID-19 testing for front-line healthcare staff. A fixed rate per test will be paid by the Department of Health and Social Care, and all consumables will be supplied to participating labs. No lab is too big or too small, as long as it is already ISO 17025 or 15189 accredited with Containment level 2 in place to accept VTM transported samples and has suitably trained staff available. The following essential equipment also needs to be in place:

  • RT-PCR machine(s)
  • Laminar flow cabinet(s)/biological safety hood(s)

If your laboratory is capable of offering assistance, please consider this opportunity to be directly involved. Solo microbiologists or lab workers who want to volunteer can contact the network and they will try to connect you with a local lab in need of your expertise. Follow this link to contact the COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network directly to register your interest.

COVID-19 PRECLINICAL DRUG DEVELOPMENT DATABASE
The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched a new resource for early stage UK COVID-19 preclinical therapeutics research, to boost collaboration and map the preclinical discovery landscape. The project asks researchers from across academia and industry to submit their research projects through a short online form, and will publish the results through an open access database on their website. For more information, please visit the website, or contact Dr James Squires.

COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE ROLLING CALL
Building on the initial calls of their initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19. As this is a rolling call, there is currently no fixed end date to the call, we are open to applications and will aim to review complete proposals within 4 weeks of submission.

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PARLIAMENT EXPERT DATABASE
The UK Parliament needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both the coronavirus and the wider situation. Anyone with expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts are invited to sign up to the COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.

COVID-19 TESTING
To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government has significantly expanded its laboratory capacity and staffing. As the testing programme ramps up further, they require additional experienced laboratory staff, specifically in Milton Keynes, Cheshire and Glasgow. They are looking for individuals who are comfortable working in a qPCR environment, and can operate liquid handling machines, although more generalist laboratory support is also required. This is a paid role and you will be employed on a temporary contract.
More information is available here.

CAN YOU PRODUCE TESTING KITS AND SERVICES?
The Government is asking businesses to support the manufacture and supply of testing consumables and equipment; personal protective equipment (PPE) for laboratories; and new or existing types of coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies. Find out more here.

CROWDFIGHT COVID-19
This online initiative has been developed by the scientific community to pool together all available resources at the service of the fight against COVID-19. If you’re a researcher and keen to help, then please visit this website to find out more.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE?
Nightingale Hospital (London) is urgently recruiting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, cardiac/respiratory scientists, medical technicians, and those with laboratory skills. If you are within three years of being a registered clinician, including nurses and midwives, doctors, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and other health-care professionals, please consult the NHS website to find out how you can help. Ambulance Practitioners, Doctors, Occupational Therapists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses, Theatre Practitioners are also being sought.

Accommodation, training and induction will be locally provided for Nightingale London volunteers. NHS Nightingale Hospitals in Birmingham and Manchester have also been announced and will follow locally adapted models.

Clinicians currently on the register but not employed by the NHS can also assist through the recruitment or volunteering route.

USE THE GOODSAM APP
If you would like to
offer your time for free to the NHS, this includes as drivers and volunteers delivering medical supplies and for patient transport (DBS check required for the latter), and call centre support (general, non-clinical), then please register your support via the Goodsam App.