Glasgow’s researchers and medical experts have been instrumental in providing expertise and insight to help tackle the Covid pandemic, playing a leading role in the country’s response to COVID-19.
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GCU’s Professor Reilly is Nurse Director at NHS National Services Scotland and Executive Lead for Quality Healthcare-Associated Infection. She directed infection prevention and control during the establishment of NHS Louisa Jordan as its healthcare-associated infection executive lead.
500 GCU student nurses and 95 BSc Paramedic Science students responded to NHS Scotland’s call and are now working in hospitals all across the country.
GCU’s David Goldberg, Professor of Public Health at the University, led Public Health Scotland’s COVID-19 Research and Intelligence Steering Group. The group developed and coordinated the central research and intelligence programme to support the country’s Health Protection Response.
Meanwhile, GCU Professor Sara Cantillon, Director of the WiSE Centre for Economic Justice, was appointed to the United Nations Crisis Bureau Experts Roster for Rapid Response to mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lighthouse lab is part of a wider UK network, providing testing across the UK. Prof Anna Dominiczak was asked by the UK Dept of Health to be the Director of Laboratories across the UK. She accepted this role and is now working mainly from London to direct the whole Lighthouse capacity for COVID-19 testing.
University of Strathclyde’s Dr Van Der Meer led the Department of Management Science team who modelled predictions for the number of critical care and other hospital beds required as the early wave of COVID-19 patients was rapidly building up. He has recently been invited to join a new COVID-19 Modelling Oversight Group, set up by Public Health Scotland to bring together modelling experts from NHS Scotland, Scottish Government and academia.
UWS’s former Deputy Principal, Professor Paul Martin CBE, played a leading role in advising and informing both the clinical shape of the Louisa Jordan hospital’s services and translating this into an integrated workforce model, looking at staff numbers and skills, training and deployment.
A Glasgow-based technology company has been nominated for a ‘tech for good’ award after offering free support to healthcare organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Simul8, which provides specialist simulation software to aid planning decisions, has been recognised by the 2021 UK Business Tech Awards after giving away more than £100,000 worth of free software licenses to over 150 organisations throughout the public health crisis.
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