Research, policy and impact: Covid-19
NHS Voices of Covid-19 is working in partnership with the British Library to create a national collection of personal testimonies to capture the social significance of the pandemic. Our research is funded by the UKRI Covid-19 Urgency Call through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Since March 2020 we have interviewed over 500 frontline NHS staff, clinical leaders, policymakers and patients across the UK about the impact of Covid-19 on their personal and working lives and wider communities. The interviews capture over 1000 hours of recordings.
Oral history gives agency to interviewees to shape the form and meaning of the interview and thus captures personal experiences alongside sense-making and reflection on the narrative that is being shared.
In 2020 we responded to the Health Foundation's call for evidence submissions for their Covid-19 Impact Enquiry Exploring the pandemic's implications for health and health inequalities.
In 2020 we submitted emerging research from our project to the British Academy in a response to their call for evidence on 'Covid-19 and Society: Shaping the Covid decade'.
In August 2021 our director, Professor Stephanie Snow was invited to give evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus. Stephanie's contribution was based on analysis of oral history testimonies from NHS and healthcare staff.
🗣 Stephanie Snow: “We have to understand that the current state of the NHS is not simply the impact of an unprecedented global health pandemic. It's about the pre-pandemic structural and cultural issues that were evident in the NHS before 2020.”https://t.co/ztfzKtZvEy— APPG on Coronavirus (@AppgCoronavirus) August 24, 2021
🗣 Stephanie Snow: “The creation of a hero narrative was actually very difficult for NHS staff, they felt that they didn't want to be looked upon as heroes when they weren't being protected by PPE equipment, or weren't being given a reasonable pay increase”https://t.co/ztfzKtZvEy— APPG on Coronavirus (@AppgCoronavirus) August 24, 2021
🗣 Stephanie Snow: “NHS staff have a history of coping, but it's what the impact of that coping will be on the emotional and physical health of staff.”https://t.co/ztfzKtZvEy— APPG on Coronavirus (@AppgCoronavirus) August 24, 2021
🗣 Stephanie Snow: “In order to cope with this, one of the things that needs to be put out there is what are the expectations of staff, to make those reasonable, within the limitations of under resourcing & staff health generally”https://t.co/ztfzKtZvEy— APPG on Coronavirus (@AppgCoronavirus) August 24, 2021