Covid Conversations

What should a national collection of Covid-19 personal testimonies contain?

 

Covid Conversations is a series of free, public, online events led by the NHS Voices of Covid-19 team with guest speakers.

Join us to take part in the conversation 'what should a national collection of Covid-19 personal testimonies contain?'

Supported by a grant of £1 million from UK Research and Innovation, through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, NHS Voices of Covid-19 are developing a national collection of personal testimonies and in-depth reflections around Covid-19. These will be preserved as a permanent public resource for informing policy and practice and form part of a wider British Library Covid-19 collecting initiative.

 

 

 

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NHS Voices of Covid-19: In conversation with Science and Covid-19 23 November 2021

Thank you to our panel of speakers and participants for an insightful discussion on Science and Covid-19. 

You can watch it here.

At the start of 2020 the emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a previously unknown and deadly virus, set researchers on a race against time to mitigate human loss and suffering through developing new tests, treatments, and vaccines. In the early days other scientific research ground to a halt as attention focused on Covid-19. Researchers have worked across nations to identify viral genome sequences, launch clinical trials, and develop vaccines.

Stephanie Snow hosted guest speaker panel:

Professor Paul Dark A UK-based clinical academic practicing in critical care medicine at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, University of Manchester, where he also leads a national research programme in the diagnosis and management of patients with severe infection/sepsis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as a member of NIHR's Urgent Public Health Research Advisory Committee for UK's Chief Medical Officers.

Dr. Ellen Brooks-Pollock Associate Professor in Veterinary Public Health and Infectious Disease Modelling.  Bristol Veterinary School & NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Behaviour Change and Evaluation, Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol

Professor Ian Hall A professor of mathematical biology and statistics at The University of Manchester. He holds honorary positions in UK HSA’s Public Health Advice, Guidance and Expertise cell, Manchester Foundation Trust’s Clinical Data Science Unit, is a Turing Fellow and is a William Penney Fellow for statistics at AWE. He is a long-standing member of SPI-M and has been chairing the SAGE Social Care Working Group since April 2020.

NHS Voices of Covid-19: In conversation with Collecting Covid-19.  One year on since ‘In Conversation with Historians, Archivists and Curators’ 12.30-13:30 (BST) Tuesday 26 October 2021

Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us for our Covid Conversation focusing on Collecting Covid-19. 

You can watch the event in full here.

Historians, archivists and curators have a responsibility to document and preserve these socio-cultural transformations for future generations through collecting personal testimonies, objects and ephemera. History tells us that, as in the case of the Spanish Flu, collective memory can fade rapidly after health crises. The collecting process can play a vital part in helping individuals and communities to make meaning from their lived experiences as well as creating resources for now and in the future.

Stephanie Snow was joined by:

Natasha McEnroe, Keeper of Medicine, Science Museum, London

Elizabeth Crooke, Professor of Heritage and Museum Studies, Ulster University and Principal Investigator of the UKRI-funded Museums, Crisis and Covid19: Vitality and Vulnerabilities project.

Sam Jenkins, Collections Officer, Peoples History Museum, Manchester.   

Caylin Smith, Head of Digital Preservation for Cambridge University Library. 

 

NHS Voices of Covid-19 In Conversation with Vaccination and Covid-19: 20 July 2021, 12.30-1.30pm 

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Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us for our Covid Conversation focusing on Vaccination and Covid-19. It was a thought provoking event raising many issues. You can watch the event in full here.

Our director Stephanie Snow was joined by speakers:

Professor Sheena Cruickshank: Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research. Sheena is an immunologist and science communicator at the University of Manchester. She is a part of the COVID Immunology Consortium advisory board who are conducting research into the immunology of COVID19 and she also has done a lot of communication work around COVID and vaccines in the media and in local communities and worked with groups such as the British Society for Immunology and American Association for the Advancement of Science to help shape conversations around COVID and vaccines.

Dr Sohail Munshi: Sohail has been a GP for 24 years. He is currently Chief medical officer for Manchester and Trafford LCOs which bring together GPs, community services and social care to improve population health outcomes. He was recognised in the Queens honours for creating England's largest GP federation back in 2018 and was also appointed as a senior clinical advisor to the National medical director for Primary Care to support work on Covid vaccinations and primary care in England earlier this year.

Vaccines have been one of the most vital healthcare interventions in the history of medicine and save millions of lives every year. Vaccine research and development has been at the heart of the global response to the pandemic and the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme is the largest to date. Yet there have been many challenges including the logistics of coordinating large numbers of patients; storing the Pfizer vaccine correctly; policy decisions about the lengthening the gap between doses; and responding to people’s anxieties about the vaccine. The need to share vaccine supplies across the world also raises ethical dilemmas for nations.

 

NHS Voices of Covid-19 In Conversation with Faith and Covid-19: 22 June 2021, 12.30-1.30pm 

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Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us for our Covid Conversation focusing on Faith and Covid-19. It was a thought provoking event raising many issues. You can watch the event in full here.

Our director Stephanie Snow was joined by speakers:

Reverend Philip Hawthorn: Saint Stephen's Parochial Church Council (PCC). Philip has been at Saint Stephen's for 10 years. This is his first job as a rector. Before that he was a writer, director and presenter in various media, mostly for BBC Radio and Television.

David Mintz: Manchester’s Jewish Communities Sunday Night Live Host. A series of Sunday night discussions featuring thought provoking talking points on a range of challenging topics.

Dr Haider Ali: General Practitioner / Family medicine consultant @health_fitness_doc.  A University of Manchester medical alumni. Haida has also been volunteering, supporting NHS Staff delivering care packages through the pandemic and has worked in the specialist social care, education and faith sector for over 25 years regionally, nationally and internationally.

Faith and religious beliefs are an essential part of many people’s lives. Everyday rituals of attending places of worship and observing religious festivals give meaning and shape to the passing of time. During Covid-19, faith communities have played a central role in the crisis including: supporting people who are suffering loss and bereavement; distributing food and supplies; and opening up mosques, synagogues and churches as vaccination centres. At local level, faith communities have been working in neighbourhoods alongside charities and other voluntary sector organisations to support some of the most vulnerable in society.

 

NHS Voices of Covid-19 -  Covid Conversation: Arts and Culture, Tuesday 15 December, 12.30pm-1.30pm

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(This event does not have closed captions you can access the Zoom transcript of the event here)

Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us for an uplifting Covid Conversation focusing on arts and culture. You can watch the event in full here.

Arts and culture promote wellbeing and connectedness across society. They help us to understand better what it means to be human and the world around us. During Covid-19, the creative sector has responded strongly to the crisis. Through words, images and music, it has recorded life in extraordinary times and inspired us to create meaning from the present and to imagine what the future might look like.

Director, Stephanie Snow, in conversation with:

Denise Vogelsang - Director of Communications & Digital, National Portrait Gallery

Tim Harrison - Creative Director, SICK! Festival

Adam O’Riordan - Reader in Contemporary Poetry and Fiction, Manchester Writing School

Chava Erlanger (nee Rosenzweig)- Freelance Artist and Managing Director at Chavasart

 

 

NHS Voices of Covid-19 In Conversation: Charities and the Voluntary Sector: Tuesday 24 November, 12.30pm-1.30pm

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Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us for our Covid Conversation focusing on charities and the voluntary sector. It was a thought provoking event raising many issues. You can watch the event in full here.

Our director Stephanie Snow was joined by speakers:

Ellie Orton- Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together. She has worked in the specialist social care, education and faith sector for over 25 years regionally, nationally and internationally.

Chris Larkin- Director of Stroke Support – England, Stroke Association. He has extensive knowledge of the health and social care system and is passionate about the role of the voluntary sector within it.

Charles Kwaku-Odoi- Chief Officer of the Caribbean and African Health Network, Manchester. He has a wealth of strategy, governance and policy experience from a number of roles in the voluntary and public sectors at local and national levels.

Prof John Mohan - Director of The third Sector Research Centre, The University of Birmingham.

Charities and the voluntary sector play a major role in supporting millions of people living with ongoing health and care needs across the UK. From neurological conditions to mental health to disabilities to cancer and much more – the third sector provides emotional support, practical help, and social activities for users, families and carers and is deeply involved in advocacy and research. Their role has become even more critical through the pandemic as they work with some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

 

NHS at 70: Covid Conversations: Historians, Archivists and Curators, 20th October 2020

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On Tuesday 20 October we hosted the first of our online Covid Conversations to consider how best we can build a national collection around Covid-19 for use now and in the future. 

Our project director, Stephanie Snow was joined by Safina Islam, Head of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust, University of Manchester, Alex Mold, Associate Professor in History, and Director of the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Mary Stewart, Curator of Oral History and Deputy Director of National Life Stories at the British Library who all gave their perspectives on collecting through Covid-19. 

We were delighted that over 120 people joined the event and contributed to questions and discussion through chat. Thank you to all who participated, and especially the speakers for their insightful contributions.