Since 2017 - supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund – ‘NHS at 70’ has worked across the UK, recording over 1000 interviews from patients, staff, policymakers and the public about experiences of health and the place of the NHS in everyday life and work. In March 2020 we adapted to remote interviews and have recorded over 400 interviews capturing experiences as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded.

In July 2020 we were delighted to be awarded a £1 million grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council , as part of the UKRI Covid-19 Urgency call. 'NHS Voices of Covid-19', in partnership with the British Library’s oral history department, will create a permanent public resource of the history of the NHS and Covid-19. We will record an additional 900 interviews documenting experiences of Covid-19, which will sit within the British Library’s wider Covid-19 collecting initiative.

We are also working with stakeholders to draw findings from the testimony through data analysis to support the development of learning resources such as briefings, engagement events, and digital resources that can inform policy and practice in the immediate post-Covid-19 period. 

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