A Hero Stories for the Academics from Northumbria University’s Health and Life Sciences Faculty

During April Academics from Northumbria University’s Health and Life Sciences Faculty worked with Health Education England and the NHS to deliver Critical Care Upskilling sessions to 497 health professionals. The online sessions were free to join and covered four key areas in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; Assessing patients using the ABCDE approach, Acute Circulatory failure: understanding shock and recognising sepsis, Nursing care of the respiratory patient, and Applied Cardiovascular System for Clinical Practice. The sessions ran daily over four weeks and received great feedback from HEE and NHS as well as the attendees.

Thousands of much needed clinical gowns and scrubs are being produced by a team of volunteers at Northumbria University’s School of Design, for use by NHS staff across the North East. The University has teamed up with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to find a solution to the current shortage of hospital gowns needed by staff treating Covid-19 patients. The School of Design is the base for Northumbria University’s Fashion degree programmes and home to a range of industry standard facilities, including over 60 professional grade sewing machines and pattern cutting tools.

The first students to graduate from the UK’s first ever Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship scheme have joined the frontline at Newcastle Hospitals in the midst of the global pandemic. Instead of the usual induction to nursing, the eight apprentices are now putting their skills to good use on the frontline of Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. They have now joined different wards throughout Newcastle Hospitals, including Critical Care, Cardiothoracic and Endoscopy wards, with many of them being redeployed to help in the COVID-19 response.