In the UK, there were recognised staffing shortages, particularly amongst nursing, prior to the Covid-19 outbreak. The capacity for ICU care is potentially inadequate to deal with the peak of the outbreak, this is despite three key policy directives:
returning of recently de-registered health professionals to practice
fast tracking of student health professionals onto a temporary emergency register
redeployment of health professionals into different specialities
The International Council of Nurses has today said that we need to do more to protect he physical and mental health of nurses. These key policy directives have the potential to place significant mental and physical burden on clinicians as they do roles outside their training, or have been
One known aspect of mental health problems within nursing is burnout.
Could we develop a platform to which nurses (and other professions) can report aspects of burnout (there are validated measures) and predictors of burnout so that in the first instance we can track burnout, and potentially predict burnout and use it to support the management of the workforce as the outbreak persists.
There is a risk that whilst we increase capacity upfront, this will drop off a cliff later as colleagues can't maintain the scale and scope of the work required to manage the outbreak.
I am not a techie - I am a health services researcher with an interest in the better use of health data for patient safety. I am happy to lead this project, but will need the following:
developer for the application
UX designer to ensure intuitive, simple and easy interface
data scientist to work with me to interrogate the data as it is generated