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Social and psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK medical and nursing students: protocol for a national medical and nursing student survey
  1. George E Richardson1,
  2. Conor S Gillespie2,
  3. Orla Mantle3,
  4. Abigail Clynch2,
  5. Setthasorn Zhi Yang Ooi4,
  6. Jay J Park5,
  7. Emily R Bligh6,
  8. Shantanu Kundu7,
  9. Ioannis Georgiou8,
  10. Soham Bandyopadhyay9,
  11. Kate E Saunders10,11,
  12. Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group (NANSIG)
  13. SPICE-20 Collaborative
      1. 1 Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool School of Medicine, Liverpool, UK
      2. 2 Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
      3. 3 Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London, London, UK
      4. 4 Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
      5. 5 The University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, UK
      6. 6 School of Medicine, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
      7. 7 School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
      8. 8 School of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
      9. 9 Oxford University Medical School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
      10. 10 Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
      11. 11 Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
      1. Correspondence to Dr Conor S Gillespie; hlcgill2{at}


      Introduction Healthcare students have played a significant role in the National Health Service during the COVID-19 pandemic. We captured data on the well-being of medical students during the acute phase of the pandemic with the Social and Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on medical students: a national survey Evaluation (SPICE-19) study. We will evaluate changes in mental health and well-being of medical and nursing students 1 year after SPICE-19, in a cross-sectional study, to understand the impact of the pandemic, and inform well-being policies.

      Methods and analysis This study will be a national, multi-institution, cross-discipline study. An online 53-item survey of demographics, mental health and well-being will be used to record responses. Students studying for a medical or nursing degree at any UK universities will be eligible to participate. The survey will be advertised through the Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group national network. Participation is anonymous and voluntary, with relevant mental health resources made available to participants.

      Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval was granted by the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (R75719/RE001) on 21 May 2021. Study findings will be presented at national and international meetings, and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

      • mental health
      • medical education & training
      • child & adolescent psychiatry

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      • GER and CSG are joint first authors.

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      • GER and CSG contributed equally.

      • Collaborators Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group (NANSIG): Conor S Gillespie, Soham Bandyopadhyay, Setthasorn Zhi Yang Ooi, Jay Jaemin Park, Alvaro Yanez Touzet, Emily R Bligh, George E Richardson, Abigail Clynch, Abdullah Egiz, Seong Hoon Lee, Oliver Burton, William Bolton, Bharti Kewlani, Moritz Steinruecke, Avani Shanbhag, Joshua Erhabor, Orla Mantle. SPICE-20 Collaborative: George E Richardson, Conor S Gillespie, Orla Mantel, Abigail Clynch, Anita Golash, Anjali Deepak, Anson Wong, Catincia Ciuculete, Cora Lowe, Dana Hutton, Electra Lerou, Emily Bligh, George Davis, Gideon Adegboyega, Hannah Redpath, Hanya Ghazi, Jacob Porter, Jashan Selvakumar, Jay Park, La-Dantai Henriques, Mc Stephen S Padilla, Mehdi Khan, Mohammed Talha Bashir, Ollie Burton, Prithvi Bahu, Robyn Wilcha, Rohan Gupta, Rosaline de Koning, Ritika Dilip, Setthasorn Zhi Yang Ooi, Shankari Gnanakumar, Shantanu Kundu, Sumaiya Rizaam, Tom Hess, Tomas Ferreira, Ioannis Georgiou, Soham Bandyopadhyay, Professor Kate E Saunders.

      • Contributors GER, CSG and OM were responsible for initial drafting of protocol manuscript, conceptualisation and designing the study. AC, SZYO, JJP, ERB, IG, SB and KES formed the wider study group and reviewed and approved the drafts of the manuscript. KES provided supervision of the project. SK reviewed the manuscript and also provided PPI and approval for the study.

      • Funding CSG is a recipient of a grant from the Wolfson Foundation. GER is the recipient of funding from North West Cancer Research. KES is supported by the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.

      • Disclaimer The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

      • Competing interests None declared.

      • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research. Refer to the Methods section for further details.

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