Covid-19 and emergency response: Fellows’ case studies

Tony Cowan (above) is helping an operation to deliver NHS supplies to the UK’s most remote regions by small plane

Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to support the emergency response. Here are their latest activities and insights.

Tony Cowan: NHS support

Civil Air Patrol co-ordinator Tony Cowan is helping an operation to deliver NHS supplies to the UK’s most remote regions by small plane. Working with the British Blood Bike dispatch riders, Tony has been helping to deliver a wide range of time-critical cargoes, including parts for medical ventilators, Covid-19 test kits, medical samples, medicines and personal protective equipment to hospitals throughout the UK.

Dan Farnworth: mental health

Paramedic Dan Farnworth has been working on the frontline during the pandemic, providing emergency pre-hospital care for Covid-19 patients. As Founder of Our Blue Light, he has also been providing mental health support to his Fellow health workers who have faced increased stress during the pandemic. He was interviewed about this work on ITV Good Morning Britain. Dan's Fellowship explored supporting health and wellbeing in emergency and essential services.

Melvin Hartley: volunteering 

Local council resilience manager Melvin Hartley has been working with the voluntary sector to integrate their efforts into the local co-ordinated response against Covid-19. Inspired by his Churchill Fellowship, Melvin launched a spontaneous volunteers programme to deliver aid and assistance to people in need in the community. This included setting up a Local Response Centre to act as the central coordination point and engaging with over 2,000 spontaneous volunteers. Melvin is now developing an evaluation programme to gather learnings and best practice from his council's response, as well as that of other localised responses across the UK. He will share his findings via the creation of a dedicated website and report with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat who write national guidance, and with local councils and emergency planning bodies to aid them in future crises. Melvin received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work. 

Christian Wiggin: trauma care

Critical care paramedic Christian Wiggin is leading on pre-hospital care for Covid-19 patients in the South Western Ambulance Service, and leading on major trauma in his local NHS Trust. This includes rewriting the Major Trauma Triage tool, ensuring people suffering major trauma as a result of Covid-19 get an appropriate response and are sent to an appropriate facility, and leading a new 24/7 Trauma Advice Line. He is drawing upon his Churchill Fellowship, which researched different international models in pre-hospital critical care delivered by paramedics. Read Christian's Fellowship Report: Comparing paramedic models of pre-hospital critical care.

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