Edge Hill University has paid tribute to hundreds of students and staff who have volunteered to support the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 750 Nursing, Midwifery, Operating Department Practitioners (ODP) and Paramedic Practice students have volunteered to work in the NHS during the current crisis.

These selfless students are now helping the NHS to save lives in hospitals across the North West and beyond.

Louise Bailey, a third-year student studying nursing and social work has opted in to support the NHS and take an extended placement. She said:

“The experience and wisdom of working in a pandemic will be so valuable. I am proud not only to support the NHS but also of the determination and resilience being shown by all student nurses at this unprecedented time.”

Edge Hill staff have been working around the clock to support students to volunteer with the NHS.

Picture of Seth Crofts, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Health and Social Care
Seth Crofts, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Health and Social Care

Seth Crofts, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine (FHSCM), said:

“I am so proud of our health students, they have come forward to support the NHS, without hesitation and displayed the upmost compassion. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out the best in so many people. Our students demonstrate the essence of nursing and health care at its best.”

Edge Hill is also releasing, on full pay, any professionally-qualified member of staff who wishes to temporarily re-join the NHS workforce. Colleagues from across the university have opted to support the NHS in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said:

“This is a tremendous display of commitment, and we are extremely grateful to all the students and staff that have volunteered.  I and my colleagues are proud of you. Equally, I am grateful for FHSCM staff who have facilitated and managed a process involving hundreds of individuals making decisions to support our fantastic NHS and all in a matter of days.  Thank you to each and every one of you.”

People all over Britain are volunteering to help the NHS at this difficult time. If you want to do the same, you can find all the information on the NHS website  www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

If you’re interested in volunteering, please speak to your line manager in the first instance or email the HR Advisory Team at hradvisory@edgehill.ac.uk for further support and guidance.

The University is continuing to support others in so many ways and has answered the Government’s plea for equipment, lab space and skilled people to help in the Covid-19 pandemic; as well as offered to house any member of the NHS, police or other key service who is required to self-isolate from their families to enable them to keep working; and is using the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre on the Ormskirk campus to train local NHS staff.

More information about the University’s response to Covid-19 can be found in the latest news section of the website. 

The University offers many health-related courses, for more information, visit the website https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/.