Arts and Humanities researchers have highlighted the complex and difficult situations in which health and care staff have found themselves during the pandemic.

Studies have developed tools to guide ethical and transparent decision-making and identify and assess risk in healthcare environments. Research and design skills have been applied to PPE, immunity passports and public-facing rapid testing instructions. Researchers have mapped the way in which infection spreads on public transport, and used their creativity to help the public understand public health messages and mitigate infection risk in public spaces. They have turned a spotlight on healthcare workers’ experiences of racism.

Findings suggest that staff now need improved frameworks and structures of support if they are to balance the usual requirements of their work alongside the demands of an ongoing emergency response. There are lessons to be learned about the way in which healthcare decisions have been made, communicated and received. Applying these during recovery and in future crises is likely to require increased public awareness and involvement.


Grading Gowns

Redesigning one-size PPE to fit and protect female health workers more effectively

Professor Katherine Townsend
(Nottingham Trent University)

Information Design for Diagnostics

Ensuring Confidence and Accuracy for Home Testing

Professor Sue Walker
(University of Reading)

NHS Voices of COVID-19

Professor Stephanie Snow
(University of Manchester)

Nursing Narratives

Racism and the Pandemic

Professor Anandi Ramamurthy
(Sheffield Hallam University)

Routes of Infection, Routes to Safety

Creative Mapping of Human-Viral Behaviours on the Bus to Understand Infection Prevention Practices

Dr Emma Roe, Dr Sandra Wilks, Dr Paul Hurley
(University of Southampton)

Dr Charlotte Veal
(Newcastle University)

UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator

Professor Ilina Singh
(University of Oxford)

When Pandemic and Everyday Ethics Collide

Supporting Ethical Decision-Making in Maternity Care and Paediatrics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Lucy Frith
(University of Liverpool)