SAaS is always supportive to its members who are involved in academic, research or other extracurricular activities. Dr Mala Raman, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth has been involved in an interesting collaborative research related to welfare of children affected with Covid-19. The University of Plymouth, a partner of this collaborative research has launched a survey to find out how the Stay Home advice during the pandemic has influenced parents’ decision making and care of sick or injured children. The survey results will advance understanding of how these extraordinary times are affecting parents thinking about, and perception of, access to services for children when they are sick or injured. Nationally the number of children being seen in primary care and emergency departments has dropped substantially in the UK since the advice to ‘Stay Home’. This has led to concern that some children are getting treatment late in the course of an illness and it is assumed that this is because parents are worried about seeking help. The findings from this survey will provide the evidence to underpin the development of information for parents to help them get help for their children when they need it during the pandemic and afterwards.
The University of Plymouth team is collaborating with University College London, the University of Leicester, University of Northampton, South West Academic Health Science Network, Derriford Hospital, the ASK SNIFF team and parent panel, Mother’s Instinct support group, Meningitis Now, the Meningitis Research Foundation and the UK Sepsis Trust.
Please support this important research by filling a brief questionnaire and return as per the link below: