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Project Nightingale – We need your help

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic creates threats and uncertainties of a magnitude that is difficult to grasp. It requires a radical response, the likes of which the NHS has never seen, or contemplated, before.

NHS is looking to open a brand new hospital in the Excel Centre as part of the fight back against COVID-19, Project Nightingale.

It is expected to admit its first patients early next week, with more capacity being created in response to patient need, which will provide much needed critical care capacity for NHS hospitals. The facility is expecting to be open to approximately 500 patients from next week, with a plan to scale up significantly. This cannot be done without help from the health and care workforce, who play such an important role to play in fighting this virus.

In order to maximise the expertise of critical care clinicians, the NHS have developed content for a programme to rapidly upskill all staff and volunteers who will support the work at NHS Nightingale. If you have experience delivering education, we need you, and we would ask that you consider joining the team in London.

Some of the content will be delivered virtually, which may be more suitable for those who are currently self- isolating but have the skills to help.

This training programme begins on Thursday 26th March, so there is great urgency in this request. If you cannot join the training faculty this week, we still want to hear from you, as this programme will be running over several weeks.

Hotel accommodation and food will be provided, plus all travel expenses reimbursed. Self-employed people will be paid in line with NHS Agenda for Change.

If you have any capacity to help, please complete the form by clicking on this link and you will be contacted within the next 24 hours.

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