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Engineering volunteers urgently needed to support front-line NHS staff - can you help?

31 Mar 20

The Royal Academy of Engineering are asking for CIBSE's continued support in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you may be aware there are a number of new medical facilities being built at ExCel London as well as two other Field Hospitals in Manchester and Birmingham to treat patients with COVID-19.

The NHS England staff along with the Army are managing these facilities and are well on the way to setting up the ITU beds and clinical services which will be needed to care for potentially over 4000 patients. However, as doctors, nurses and healthcare scientists are drawn from the hospitals and Trusts across the surrounding regions, additional support staff will be needed to ensure that services continue to run smoothly.

Under normal operations, engineers and technicians work quietly in the background. With such unprecedented circumstances before us, this is no-longer the case.  The effective delivery of clinical care will only be achieved if engineers and technicians work alongside their clinical counterparts.

THE RAEng have been approached by NHS England to look at the possibility of engaging our colleagues across the PEIs to ask for volunteers to help with a range of engineering requirements that will enable them to continue to deliver frontline services.

Time is of the essence and it is likely that we will need volunteers on site and in the regional hospitals within the week, if not within the next few days. We would therefore ask if you could circulate the enclosed letter to your members, along with the job description within the next 24 hours.

Within the letter is a link to a form which the volunteers must complete to enable us to database their offer. The Royal Academy of Engineering has agreed to maintain this database but selection will be made by the NHS Team based on need.

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