COVID-NURSE Trial: site recruitment active now!

We are now recruiting sites for the trial phase of our work.

Interested Trusts should contact us immediately to register their interest and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

EOI forms can be obtained from your local clinical research network

The team are happy to talk to clinical nurses, research nurses and chief nurses of Trusts who think they want to take part.


Chief Investigator, Professor David Richards: ; 01392 724615.

Trial Manager: Dr Jess Bollen ;


Survey now live!

The survey is the first stage of the COVID-NURSE project, and aims to collect innovations in practice and any novel approaches being used by front line clinical staff and their managers/leaders when addressing the fundamental care needs of non-invasively ventilated patients with COVID-19 in hospital. The survey will be open for three weeks from Monday 3rd August until Monday 24th August 2020.

Results of the survey will inform the development of a new nursing protocol which will be co-created by patients, nurses and other health care workers using data from the survey and from a rapid review of existing evidence which is currently ongoing.

We will then undertake a randomised controlled trial across 18 NHS sites to determine the impact of the protocol on patient experience, care quality, patients’ ability to manage day-to-day activities, treatment outcomes and costs.

Nurses and healthcare workers – Please share your experiences tackling the challenges of COVID-19 care with us here:

Covid-Nurse survey








The team has been awarded £430,000 to set up the ‘COVID-NURSE’ trial, which will evaluate the impact on patient experience of a combination of specific nursing innovations.

Generated by a consortium of universities and NHS trusts, to develop and test nursing innovations for fundamental care with patients who have COVID-19, this evidence will help nursing teams nationally and internationally to adopt best practice.

Hear Professor David Richards highlighting the impact nursing care can have on patients, caregivers and their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.