We have identified other potential areas where the engineering community may be able to suggest new approaches to some specific challenges through technological developments. We welcome your thoughts and ideas for appropriate technologies and expertise that could be applied. These will not be exhaustive and you may wish to suggest others.
If you can help with any of the following issues or have any other relevant ideas or expertise, please supply details via the form at the bottom of this page.
Healthcare provision and systems
It is essential that we work together to boost the preparedness of the NHS, notably ensuring capacity in the critical care system for those worst affected, as well as the medical and social package of support for those at home in high risk categories who will be provided with the new shielding regime.
Examples could include diagnostic, monitoring and tracking technologies or novel approaches to ventilator manufacturing.
General public sector and national infrastructure
What is the preparedness across the rest of the public and critical national infrastructure, excluding the NHS? How can we maintain a functional society when social isolation may need to be enforced for several months?
Can online shopping systems cope with a rapid increase in demand? Can we ensure that tens of thousands of people will continue to have secure access to servers, and to be able to work from home, stream entertainment and maintain contact with the vulnerable and housebound?
Economic adaptation, business management and skills
COVID-19 will have an extremely serious impact on the economy and businesses of all sizes across all sectors, including supply chain resilience. How can engineering systems best support businesses at this time?
Can we help on workforce skills and reskilling, or redeployment of workers in industries currently mothballed who may have appropriate skills to deal with specific elements of the crisis?
How should we plan for economic regeneration after this crisis, what lessons must be learned? Can we identify any unexpected benefits or opportunities for new ways of working or creating new businesses?
We are keen to draw on the expertise and capability among our Fellows, awardees and partners to support both the response to COVID-19.
Thank you for your support; we look forward to receiving your contributions.
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