We are living in historic times. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in 11 March 2020, nursing staff have performed a huge range of vital roles in the COVID-19 response in the UK and beyond.
Now is the time to go beyond the “clap for carers” and better understand what life during the pandemic has been like for nursing staff in different situations and contexts. From first responders and nursing leaders to staff working in care homes and the nursing students who stepped up from their degrees to support the NHS, this series marks the ongoing impact of the pandemic on nursing and nurses.
Each virtual event takes the form of two live interviews with nursing and healthcare staff and students, followed by a Q&A. The interviews will be recorded and added to the RCN archive, making sure these nursing experiences are recorded for posterity.
COVID: First Responses
In this first event, we will hear from two people involved in healthcare in different capacities during the early days of the pandemic. The interviewer is Dame Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, RCN President.
• Chris Carter. Chris was seconded from his role as senior lecturer at Birmingham City University to be the second Matron for Critical Care at University Hospital Lewisham for 3 months during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic
• Rose Gallagher. Rose is the RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control and has been supporting the RCN with specialist advice throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. She has experience working with previous epidemics and pandemics, including the Ebola outbreak of 2013-16.
This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance.
Image: ICU © Helen Jones
Page last updated - 12/11/2020