COVID-19 resources

COVID-19 Update - January 2022

As you will hopefully be aware NIHR along with other major funders of health and care research have published guidance and principles to support their fellows and trainees during a time of future waves of COVID-19 or another pandemic. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and potential pressures being faced over the coming days and weeks, this is a restatement of this guidance/best practice for deployment of clinical academic trainees back to front line clinical care. It is intended to provide safeguards for a better process by which this is managed. 

This guidance can be found in the links below:

Guidance for clinicians in non-medical/non-dental professions 

Guidance for clinicians in medical and dental professions

Where Academic trainees are redeployed to support the frontline response to COVID-19 this should be done in accordance with the guidance provided above.  Please keep NIHR informed of any redeployment if it occurs.

In addition, if the scenario arises where you are redeployed to help with the front line COVID-19 response, then your employing organisation for your fellowship/training award should ensure the funding is available from the relevant NHS organisation for the time spent in the redeployed post.


NIHR's response to COVID-19

NIHR Restarting Research

NIHR issues final update on implementation of the Restart Framework

NIHR RDS London COVID-19 resources

Health Professional COVID-19 and Cancer Hub

UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) research resources

Guidance for Clinical Trial Units

Guidance for CTUs from the UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units Network.

NHS R&D Forum Resource Exchange

The Exchange aims to share practice and provide support in all the essentials of running health and care R&D Departments across the UK.


Building resilience into clinical trial design and conduct during the pandemic. Updated guidance on minimising disruptions to the conduct and integrity of clinical trials of medicines during COVID-19.

NHS England and Improvement Blog

Supporting nursing research and evidence to underpin policy dialogue and system transformation.

COVID-19 education materials for healthcare staff (OxSTaR)

The information is designed for healthcare professionals caring for patients with COVID-19 and has been developed in collaboration with Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust (OUH FT).