Our COVID-19 response


The YH ARC teams aimed to generate evidence on COVID-19’s diverse impacts, guide responses, and maintain healthcare provision, with community engagement and co-production key to ensuring research addressed local needs. Researchers worked with communities to understand COVID-19’s impacts and co-produce research priorities.

  • A key partnership was established, the Bradford COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group, which provided insights to decision makers on the pandemic’s impacts and helped target responses. Surveys of over 2000 parents and 1000 children held key findings.
  • The Behavioural Activation in Social isoLation (BASIL) study is a randomised controlled trial aiming to prevent or mitigate depression and loneliness among older adults with multiple health conditions, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study is collaboration between our Mental Health and Older People theme.
  • The Optimising Wellbeing during Self-isolation (OWLS) study examines how people with serious mental ill health problems are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This cohort is part of The Closing the Gap Network. Read our first report here or watch these short videos (here and here) to hear about OWLs and The Closing the Gap network. (Theme: Mental Health)
  • The impact of Covid-19 on unrelated urgent and emergency presentations: Our Urgent Care theme and Health Economics theme are collaborating to explore how admissions to the Emergency Department (ED) for both serious and less urgent cases has changed in England during the pandemic.
  • Caring in a Crisis: Understanding the stressors and uplifts for NHS frontline staff and those supporting them during COVID-19 crisis: Led by the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre with support from our Improvement Science theme, this study aims to better understand the experiences of healthcare staff during the COVID-19 crisis and the support that staff need.
  • We have adapted our successful ReQoL Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) to enable information to be collected from service users over the telephone or video link. As part of our Health Economics theme, the University of Sheffield and Oxford University Innovation have collaborated to develop guidance on the practicalities of collecting ReQoL data remotely. For further information please click here.
  • Life in lockdown: a telephone survey to investigate the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the lives of older people (75+): Our Older People theme investigated the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the lives of older people. Using a cross-sectional telephone survey, with questions identified and informed by the Bradford COVID Scientific Advisory Group (C-SAG), we received a ‘snap shot’ of the lives of 142 older people living in Bradford during the COVD-19 lockdown.
  • Early in April 2020, Born in Bradford (BiB) researchers started to work with our BiB families to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives Co-producing COVID-19 research priorities with communities and decision makers. This work was part of a programme coordinated by the Bradford District COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group (C-SAG). Methodology details here. (Theme: Healthy Families)

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  • Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on care home pathways, outcomes and safety of care: To gain a clearer picture of how COVID-19 patients were managed in UK care homes, our Urgent Care theme are working on a 12-month project addressing gaps in research as part of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group in Emergencies (SAGE). The project focuses on care homes in North East England – a region that was particularly badly hit, with the highest proportion of care homes affected by COVID-19 cases in the country.
  • The YH ARC Urgent Care theme is collaborating with the 4C Initiative of the CVD-COVID-UK consortium to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic primarily on cardiovascular (CVD) hospital service provision.


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