Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

The CLAP Study: Summary of Findings

Caring, Learning and Pandemic response during COVID-19: NHS Staff Experience of Working in Critical Care

 The unprecedented demands on critical care units in the UK as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a variety of changes in staff working. This study explored frontline NHS staff experiences of working in critical care during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, funded by Medical Research Scotland through a COVID-19 Research Grant, and supported in part by the Wellcome Trust, has helped us generate a set of recommendations.


An infographic summary of recommendations from our study is available here: 


Preliminary findings from our research have been published in BMJ Open. 

You can read the article on the BMJ Open website here.


We have also produced a twenty-minute audio piece, Life in the COVID Bubble, that captures something of the experience of the frontline critical care staff who we interviewed.

You can listen to the audio on our website here


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