Want to learn more about COVID-19? Here are some free online courses available, aimed at members of the public and healthcare professionals who want to find out more about this virus. Please note: these are not intended as training for clinicians and healthcare professionals.

What is COVID-19 and how might the outbreak affect you? Find out more about coronavirus and explore its worldwide implications in this course offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Beginner Level.

Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19. Designed by Imperial’s Patient Experience Research Centre. Beginner Level.

COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus. Another course from the LSHTM, this course is aimed at those working in healthcare or anyone interested in how we should respond to the outbreak.

Epidemiology in Public Health Practice Specialization, an on-demand five-course sequence that goes into even greater depth about the field and its tools, available now


The NHS Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network (CHAIN) has put together a list of COVID-19 resources on their website suggested by their members.

Coronavirus: the science explained is a website put together by UK Research and Innovation that lays out the evidence and the facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control.

Difficult Conversations
Loughborough University have worked in collaboration with Health Education England to build a principles based Framework (see drawing below) resulting in some evidence based freely accessible resources for frontline staff engaging in difficult conversations.

Take a look at these blogs, relating to difficult conversations and giving news of a death over the phone.

Also available are the following short videos, from the E-LfH website:

Video 1 – The Framework, introduced by Kath Mannix
Video 2 – Community (Advance Care Planning: how I have the conversation)
Video 3 – Breaking unwelcome news
Video 4 – Preferences and views discussions where patient’s condition is escalating (ceilings of treatment)

Further resources:
Managing Difficult Conversations – online course provided by
Courageous conversations – online course provided by Mind Gym.

Research in ICU
Carrying out research in Intensive Care Units (ICU) can be complicated. You might be interested to take a look at this video. It explains why research is conducted in ICU and what it might mean for patients and relatives.

The video is informed by research carried out by the University of Liverpool: Perspectives on enhancing consent and recruitment in intensive care studies.
Find out more about that research here.