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How our Healthcare department helped to tackle COVID-19

During the pandemic, our staff and students contributed to vital research projects, lead community health initiatives and did whatever they could in the fight against coronavirus.

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Working on the NHS frontline

Our healthcare students joined the government’s emergency register, and worked as healthcare assistants, nurses and midwives. We trained more than 3000 people to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations who gave over 1 million vaccinations between them. Our London campus also hosted a testing centre for the local community during the course of the pandemic.

A student studying Healthcare who was working with and caring for patients shared her experience being frontline, “I was possibly a little hesitant at first when I heard that third years could opt in to a temporary register to help in the COVID-19 effort. But however busy the nurses are, they find time to explain, demonstrate and teach. It is a privilege to be able to do this work and care for our patients.” Zoe Carciente, Children’s Nursing graduate and Nursing Times columnist.

Middlesex received great praise from our NHS Trust partners for our work together during the pandemic.

The Middlesex University Nursing education team have been fundamental to the successful delivery of the largest vaccination programme of our time in North Central London. The team successfully delivered training to 2438 vaccinators, many of whom had never worked in the NHS or social care before. We have collectively made a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our local population.
Sarah Needham, Deputy Chief Nurse, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Developing Innovative Infection Control

Our ground breaking research looked at the potential of using wastewater as an early warning system for COVID-19 infection in a project funded by the NHS Test and Trace Surveillance Testing Team for £2.4 million. This monitoring could be vital for public health teams fighting future pandemics.

Commenting on the study, John Hatwell, Director of NHS Test and Trace Surveillance Testing (Pillar 4) said: “The TERM project is another step forward in our commitment to defeating this invisible killer. We are excited to have Middlesex University lead this study and the potential it offers to identify COVID-19 outbreaks and inform response measures”.

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