Many team members are prioritising their clinical work, returning to patient facing roles, or offering their laboratory skills to support COVID-19 testing. This is in accordance with the latest NIHR guidance.
As a consequence research studies may be paused or delayed to enable researchers to prioritise clinical work. Other projects have been put on hold temporarily due to public health considerations.
BRC staff are now working from home and conducting meetings remotely. The NIHR Oxford Health BRC programme of upcoming events has been postponed or cancelled – for further details relating to specific events please visit the training and events page.
As a BRC focused on mental health research we recognise that the current situation is causing significant worry and anxiety throughout the population. We are collaborating with colleagues across the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to make resources available to support people during this difficult time.Professor John Geddes, Director, NIHR Oxford Health BRC.
- Free online mindfulness sessions and podcasts provided by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
- Advice on supporting children and young people with worries and anxiety provided by Emerging Minds.
- Guidance for older adults and their families provided by OxDARE
- NHS resources and advice from clinicians at Oxford Health NHS Foundation trust
- Resources from Every Mind Matters
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The NIHR has published a Q&A on the impact of COVID-19 on research which is being updated as the situation develops.