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City, University of London, Student nurses and midwives showing strength in support of NHS

Hundreds of nursing and midwifery students from City, University of London, in their final or second year of study, have elected to undertake extended clinical placements within the NHS.

St Georges launch micro site

St Georges have launched a micro site detailing their response to the COVID-19 crisis.

City professor supports training for nurses at ‘NHS Nightingale Hospital’

Leanne Aitken, Professor of Critical Care at City, University of London is supporting the education and training efforts of nurses at the newly developed ‘NHS Nightingale Hospital’ in East London.

Midwifery Unit Network publish position statement on support for NHS maternity services

The network’s position statement sets out how midwifery units can make a positive contribution when NHS maternity services are stretched to the limit by the effects of the ongoing crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Midwifery Unit Network is led by Dr Lucia Rocca Ihenacho at the School of Health Sciences, who has also co-authored a special article in the Global Journal of Health Science, in collaboration with Cristina Alonso , Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, entitled, ‘Where do women birth during a pandemic? Changing perspectives on Safe Motherhood during the COVID-19 pandemic’.



All MDX second and third year nursing and midwifery students will either be in practice, in our North Central London partner trusts, or returning to practice during the crisis. MDX staff are working with Health Education England (HEE) to identify who is ready to go onto the government’s emergency register if they opt in. Up to 500 MDX nursing and midwifery students will be mobilised to help in total. 

MDX Nursing and Midwifery has an extensive CPD contract with many of our NHS local providers and as part of this they are actively engaged in upskilling staff in key clinical skills: this work continues, with many of their own clinical and tech staff going into clinical trusts to deliver.  


Queen Mary University of London has trained 18 final-year medical students to immediately support the NHS in the fight against coronavirus. 

 The students began helping doctors and nurses in adult critical care at The Royal London Hospital starting at 8am on Tuesday 24 March. Many more student volunteers are expected to follow as part of a broader training scheme.  

Queen Mary has also released its clinical staff from their academic duties to support the NHS while medical students in years 1-4 are ready to volunteer as the government calls on expertise from across the country to help with the crisis. 


As part of the Government’s response to Covid-19, UCL Medical School fast-tracked 304 final year students through graduation, making them available to the NHS as doctors.  

Over 200 UCL students are already volunteering on the front line. 

St. Marys 

Alongside their online lecturing, the Physiotherapy team at St Mary’s have been helping the NHS. They have been sharing their knowledge with NHS trusts through providing academic materials to help upskill NHS physiotherapists in intensive care units, in particular their cardiorespiratory expertise. Head of Health Sciences at St Mary’s Gill Horgan said of their help that it was “A great example of the university demonstrating how, in these unprecedented times, our staff are helping society at large.” 

St Georges 

Students at St George’s will have opportunities to volunteer to support the NHS during a time of intense pressure on the Service as coronavirus cases continue to rise.   

Over 100 students have already stepped forward to use the skills and knowledge they have gained through studying at St George’s to support the NHS.