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Call for engineers to help solve NHS and healthcare issues amid pandemic

07 April 2020

A new project has been launched to unite engineers from across the world to help solve challenges deriving from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Peter Ogrodnik, a biomedical engineer from Keele University, is leading the project in collaboration with the Institution of Engineering Designers, who are calling for engineers and designers to join them and help tackle some of the biggest issues affecting the NHS and care providers, which could include creating a device to enable a frail person to accept a food parcel, the mass production of ventilators and testing surgical masks after they've been sterilised.

The NHS and other care providers across the world are suffering under the pressure of the COVID-19 outbreak. The project called Engineers for the NHS will enable engineers, designers and institutions to collaborate on challenges sent directly from the NHS or from other care providers across the world.

Professor Ogrodnik said: “As institutions we have access to some of the best engineering design minds in the world, some of whom are at home with time on their hands. We are suggesting that they could supply some of their spare time to a coordinated provision of engineers and designers focussed on solving the problems deriving from the COVID-19 outbreak."

The project has launched a new webpage for engineers to sign up to volunteer (https://www.institution-engineering-designers.org.uk/Article/Features/engineers-for-the-nhs-initiative) and will be available for the NHS and care providers to submit their issues they need support with. The problems the initiatives receive will then be filtered through to different groups of engineers across the UK.