High levels of stress hormone increases risk of COVID-19 death, student mental wellbeing, and drama techniques help student nurses – 22nd June

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Here’s a round-up of some of the latest stories about UK university COVID-19 projects and initiatives shared on social media over the weekend. 

1. University of Sheffield collaborative study finds unpaid carers twice as likely to use food banks during the COVID-19 crisis

In partnership with Carers UK, the University of Sheffield and the University of Birmingham have conducted a study of adults in the UK caring for vulnerable people outside their own household. 

The findings show that 106,000 unpaid carers have had to use food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2. London Business School webinar to discuss NHS hospital management post-COVID-19

Experts panellists will join moderator, Rajesh Chandy, co-Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, in a London Business School webinar to discuss the role of hospital management in the NHS response to the COVID-19 crisis and the lessons learned moving forward.

The webinar will be streamed on Zoom today, Monday 22nd June at 1pm. 

3. Imperial College London research shows COVID-19 patients with high cortisol levels are more likely to die

In a study led by Professor Waljit Dhillo from Imperial College London, data has revealed that high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are a marker of severity in a COVID-19 patient. 

The results of the study will help medical professionals identify patients who are more likely to need intensive care. 

4. University of Huddersfield lecturer and NHS nurse shares her personal experiences of working on the frontline during the COVID-19 crisis

Dr Leanne Atkin is a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and works for the Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust as the Vascular Nurse Specialist. 

She has been working on the NHS frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic and has written about her experiences on the University’s website.   

5. Bournemouth University helps Sierra Leone prepare for multiple crises during the pandemic

Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis & Disaster Management at Bournemouth University and his colleagues, are working with Sierra Leone’s Department of Disaster Management and Freetown City Council to help prepare the country for floods.

The team hope to have disaster preparedness guides and handbooks to distribute to district councillors, disaster managers and local volunteers by the end of July. 

6. University of Cambridge virus expert shares his account of tackling COVID-19 

Professor Ravi Gupta at the University of Cambridge has been working alongside other virus experts to understand the COVID-19 virus and develop a rapid testing system called, Samba II.

Read more about Dr Gupta’s role in the fight against COVID-19 on the University’s website. 

7. University of Brighton podcast discusses relationships and mental health during the COVID-19 crisis

Psychology with Counselling Studies lecturer Dr Zoe Boden joins Richard Newman on the University of Brighton podcast to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it continues to have on relationships, mental health and general wellbeing. 

8. University of Derby provides resources to help support mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis

The Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby has provided resources to help people look after their mental health during the pandemic. 

The nature-based support suggestions include mindfulness exercises, art activities and meditation. 

9. Kingston University nursing students learn drama techniques to help them work on the frontline

In a collaborative project, the performing arts school, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London and Kingston University have put together drama-based resources to help nursing students who have joined the NHS frontline. 

The Drama out of a Crisis online resource pack includes videos, tips and podcasts to help student nurses adapt to situations and coping with strong emotions. 

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