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COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Appeal Fund

NHS staff are on the frontline and their safety must be guaranteed. Cambridge University has launched an appeal to help the purchase and transport Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) from China to Cambridge. Your donations can help to acquire the essential equipment needed to keep healthcare professionals safe, please see here for details.

Also visit Cambridge China COVID-19 Collaboration 4C PPE Appeal

 

Cambridge COVID-19 Research Fund

The race is on to find a vaccine against the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Your support will make a difference. Please visit here to find out how your donations can support this vital research. 

 

COVID-19 Lab Support - Urgent

A Cambridge-wide information gathering exercise is being established to identify researchers willing to be involved with the local or national COVID response should the need arise. This could involve assisting in testing or research.

A website has been established to capture this information, please complete this if you are willing to offer help locally or nationally:
https://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/covid-19-molecular-biologists
 
If you have already shared your details with Prof. Ian Goodfellow (Pathology), Dr. Rhys Grant (CRUK/Biochemistry) or a previous internal call for volunteers, please complete this form to ensure that we capture all the information in a uniform manner.
 
At this stage, it is not known if there will be a need for staff, however, centralising this information will enable quick and more efficient action.

 

COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database 

Over the past few weeks, Parliament has seen a surge in need for access to research expertise as it engages with the COVID-19 outbreak.  In this rapidly evolving situation, Parliament needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Coronavirus and its impacts. Parliament and Parliamentarians use these insights to help carry out their function effectively; that is to say, to represent the people, scrutinise the Government, debate important and pressing issues and pass legislation.

To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) are creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you feel you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, the KEU would be very grateful if you would sign up to the database. Signing up does not commit you to contributing in anyway, it’s simply so that Parliament has your details to hand and can contact you very rapidly; if they contact you and you aren’t able to respond, they will fully understand.

 A link to the sign-up form can be found here.

 

Donating personal protection equipment (PPE)

The scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health staff has been flagged up as a serious national issue. Colleagues across the University have rallied to find spare PPE. Homerton College has very helpfully offered to be the point of delivery for all PPE donations. Suitable arrangements will be made to collect supplies and deliver them to our hospitals. If you have equipment you could donate, please use the contact form here.

 

Nationwide Calls

Nationwide Priority Programmes

Vaccines

Contact Public Health England: nervtag@phe.gov.uk

Ventilators

Contact the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS): ventilator.support@beis.gov.uk or call 0300 456 3565

Innovation and Technology

Contact NHSX: DNHSX@nhsx.nhs.uk

Diagnostics

Contact Public Health England: coviddiagnostics@phe.gov.uk

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives. See here for information and how to apply.

 

Call to UK members of the Microbiology Society - 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, we require additional experienced laboratory staff.

We are recruiting additional staff for laboratories in Milton Keynes, Cheshire, and Glasgow. We are particularly interested in individuals who are comfortable working in a qPCR environment, and those who 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. If you are currently employed full time, and wish to help, we welcome your application. We will be happy to discuss secondment options with you, however, you will require permission from your current employer.

Sign up now!

If you think you have the skills to work in the laboratories, follow this link.

 

Royal Society Call: Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic: RAMP

The recent call for volunteers brought an enormous response and offers of help are currently being processed. Areas are being prioritised that can best support the national effort to tackle the pandemic. Those people who are determined as able to best contribute to these will be contacted as they are defined in the coming days and weeks.

Meanwhile, the RAMP Steering Committee thanks everyone who has responded to the RAMP survey for for their overwhelming offers of support.

Please note the team is extremely busy at the moment but please email if you need further information.

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