As UK public health systems continue to deal with the strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, behind the figures are individual stories of patients, families and healthcare staff.
In this video Dr Ann Chapman, consultant in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine at Monklands General Hospital in Lanarkshire, explains the process of ward rounds and patient treatment, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), communicating with patients’ families and working as a team.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created two crises. Firstly, there is the public health crisis of containing and then eliminating the virus. Public policy has been geared toward reducing the pressures on hospitals and the health system
Secondly, there are the economic and social crises caused by disrupted patterns of working, investing, consuming and saving that have already led to a precipitous decline into widespread recession and that potentially threaten longer-term, deep depression and social unrest.
At Policy Scotland we are drawing on, and extending, our existing networks to undertake, co-ordinate and curate research and knowledge exchange activity that draws out the early lessons from the pandemic. We are offering a space where research, intelligence and commentary about emerging practice can be reviewed, exchanged, shared and challenged.
In undertaking our own research and drawing together internationally excellent research and knowledge exchange activity we aim to bring together robust evidence and trusted experience that can provide robust insights for policymakers and practitioners alike.
Policy Scotland is focusing on five key themes:
- Community Resilience and Addressing Disadvantage
- Economics and Finance
- Education, Children and Families
- Housing and Infrastructure
- Jobs, Labour Market and Innovation
As demands change over the coming weeks and months our response to COVID-19 will inevitably evolve and flex to respond to the short, medium and longer-term challenges that emerge.