LYPFT has a number of research studies open for participants to take part in to help better understand the impact that COVID-19 is having, both in terms of how it is spread and the effect on our mental and physical health.

Details on each study and how you can get involved are listed below. If you need any advice or support on how to take care of your own mental wellbeing at this difficult and uncertain time, visit the Support for your mental wellbeing page.

Clinical Characterisation Protocol for Severe Emerging Infections in the UK (ISARIC_CCP)

The purpose of CCP-UK is to study COVID-19 to better understand its spread and behaviour by analysing biological samples and data from patients across the UK who have tested positive for the virus. Data from this important study will help to answer urgent questions about the virus and provide real-time information about the disease. It is hoped the study could help to control the outbreak and improve treatment by generating important evidence. This study is due to start soon and more details will be provided nearer the time.

COVID-19, Stress, and Health Study

This study examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental and physical health of people in the UK, including people working in the NHS. Taking part is quick and easy; it involves a short online survey (this takes around 10 minutes) and a couple of minutes to collect a small sample of hair from the back of your head. This is used to measure the stress hormone cortisol. Full details on how to participate and collect your hair samples are on their website: https://www.covidstressstudy.co.uk/. The last day to participate is Thursday 30 April, so do log on soon if you wish to take part.

Repeated Assessment of Mental Health in Pandemics Study (RAMP)

This is a nationwide study investigating the association between the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and mental health and wellbeing. Any UK resident over 16, with access to the internet can take part. For more details about the study, including the participant information sheet please visit https://rampstudy.co.uk/.

Join Zoe

Kings College London have launched an app which tracks symptoms related to COVID-19, allowing anyone to self-report daily. The app takes one minute to self-report daily, even if you are well. This app will help scientists identify; high-risk areas in the UK and who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions and how fast the virus is spreading in your area. To find out more and to download the app visit: https://covid.joinzoe.com/.

Research questionnaire into design and fit of PPE in Healthcare

The University of Bath is conducting research which aims to look at the differences in fit of various types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in healthcare settings.  The survey is not related to any lack of supply of PPE during the current pandemic. You can take part online at https://bathreg.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ppe-fit.  It should take no longer than 5-6 minutes to complete.