Wessex COVID-19 Vaccine Hub


Help us find a vaccine for COVID-19

Finding a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 is a top priority for the UK and part of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several vaccines have been identified and are currently being safety-tested, but only large-scale trials can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.

COVID-19 vaccine trials are already being delivered in the Wessex region, which covers Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and south Wiltshire. More trials are planned for the autumn and winter 2020, and will last for 12 to 18 months.  

Paid and flexible opportunities for healthcare staff 

To deliver COVID-19 vaccine trials, we need a team of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, administrators, pharmacy and laboratory staff and many other supporting roles. We have a range of paid and flexible opportunities available for healthcare staff, whether you're currently employed in the NHS, returning to healthcare or coming out of retirement. 

By supporting COVID-19 vaccine trials, you can help researchers to find a safe and effective vaccine to protect us all more quickly - which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.

You do not have to be experienced in research to get involved, full training and support will be given to enable the safe and effective delivery of the trials.

Find out more about the type of roles available and visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information. 

How can I get involved?

Your support in delivering COVID-19 vaccine trials would be invaluable. Could you commit to offer some time to help? We'd love to hear from anyone who has time they can commit and are inviting expressions of interest using our online form

If you are currently employed, please discuss your intention to apply with your line manager prior to completing our form. You will be asked to provide your line manager’s contact details and they may be contacted by senior members of the hub team to discuss your application.

For all queries, please contact comms.crnwessex@nihr.ac.uk

Keeping in touch 

Wessex COVID-19 Vaccine Hub newsletter

For regular updates from the team, and the very latest on COVID-19 vaccine research delivery in Wessex, you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter at bit.ly/WessexHubnews

Virtual coffee mornings 

We've launched a series of virtual coffee mornings to keep you up to date on our work. Grab a hot drink and tune in for expert vaccine Q&A panels, the latest on our workforce campaign and opportunities to find out what it's like working in our Vaccine Hub. Our first event will take place on 1 December from 11:00-12:00. Find out more and sign up at: bit.ly/Wessexcoffeemorning.

Accessing the NIHR National Vaccine Training Package 

The NIHR's National Vaccine Training Package is now live on NIHR Learn. The training can be accessed by selecting 'COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Training' from the banner menu at the top of the landing page. Users are required to select a job role before navigating through the curated series of essential, desirable and optional training. To access NIHR Learn, please take a look at our guide, Get started with NIHR Learn, or contact beverley.galer@nihr.ac.uk if you have any questions.