The Young NHS Soldiers in the Fight Against COVID1926th June 2020
In the latest Coronavirus update, the Prime Minister announced that from the 4th July Hotels, Pubs, Libraries, and Hairdressers can all reopen for business. Whilst still acknowledging the 1+ metre social distancing rule and maintaining that these businesses are ‘COVID secure’. This means that society is slowly getting back to normal after months of staying home and in some cases not seeing family or friends.
During lockdown, we have continued to focus on the amazing work that Non-Medical and Non-Clinical NHS staff have done: from Volunteers to Therapy Pets, however, another group of people who deserve to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication are the young NHS staff on the front-line.
The NHS reported in April that nearly 15,000 NHS nurses, midwives and medical students were poised to step up and join the ‘NHS Army’ in the front-line alongside other senior members of staff to provide care and support.
There has also been some amazing breakthroughs from the younger generation behind the scenes in aid of COVID-19.
Our 2020 Special Mention Award winner Michael Bryan has been featured in the Daily Mirror. Being described as an ‘innovative teen,’ the article talks about Michael’s new app to help detect Corona-virus, all done from the comfort of your mobile phone.
Michael has also developed an app that aims to help diagnose Parkinson’s all at the age of 18.
However, Michael isn’t the only one using innovative technology to show their support for the NHS. Commercial Director, Leon Marseglia, from video production company Pixel Playback has come up with an idea for an app called ‘Tap to Clap’ that lets you clap and show your support for not only the NHS, but other key-workers, all at the touch of a button.
The aim of the app is to continue the now ended ritual at 8pm on a Thursday of clapping for the NHS, by going online to get as many claps as possible within the one-minute time frame. Leon explained that his motivation for creating the app was to let everybody feel they could join in with showing their support for the NHS, including those who may have a disability or find it hard to go outside.
Becca Carlson is another 2020 winner, having taken home the Apprentice of the Year Award after completing her Apprenticeship scheme at the Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked in the Occupational Therapy Department.
Becca told the UHA more on her experience as a young person on the NHS frontline and even gave some advice to other young NHS workers during this time of uncertainty:
“Working for the NHS during a world Pandemic has been a surreal experience. It has been a scary time, for me the uncertainty has been rather anxiety provoking. Especially in the early days when we were awaiting ‘the peak’. As a younger worker I think it’s common to feel like it’s difficult to talk about how COVID-19 may be affecting you, as there are older colleagues who might be more at risk and there are people in equally difficult situations. My main advice would be to speak up, talk to colleagues, family, and use services the Trust offers to help with your well-being. It is so important to look after your mental-well-being and it is OK to feel scared and anxious, you’re not alone.”
We want to give a big “thank you” to all of the young staff in all areas of the NHS, including students who came forward earlier than they thought they would. We are staring to see the other side of the pandemic now thanks in part to these brave individuals.
The Unsung Hero Awards recognises all young people in the NHS in a Non-Medical / Non-Clinical role via our Apprentice of the Year Award. Nominations for the next Awards will be early 2021. Please follow us on social media on the links below to find out more.
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Lily Harrison, Content Writer at Unsung Hero Awards