Next stage of the pandemic & the contribution of the healthcare higher education sector

22 July 2021

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic universities have worked continuously to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff. As we move into the next stage of the pandemic healthcare faculties will continue to prioritise health and safety working in accordance with relevant national and local regulations.

Sadly, the pandemic is not over and a cautious approach is paramount as UK case numbers increase at this time. Guidance varies across the four UK nations and we must all follow national and local rules. Given our personal choices may affect others, including those who remain vulnerable, we should continue to play our part to reduce the spread of the virus.

The contribution of the healthcare higher education sector has been key to the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has included the deployment of nursing, midwifery and allied health students and some academic staff within clinical practice to expand the NHS workforce, providing training to upskill the health and social care workforce, and offering facilities and equipment to NHS services. Healthcare research in universities has been critical to developing safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines and continues to inform our response to the pandemic. This work has highlighted the central importance of the healthcare higher education sector to the nation’s wellbeing and success, both now and in the future.

As we move into the next stage of the pandemic, the Council is proud of the contribution of all staff in university healthcare faculties during this difficult and challenging time. We thank staff across the healthcare higher education sector for their dedication and commitment to educating the future health and social care workforce and fulfilling the civic mission of UK universities.

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