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Trials to find preventative COVID-19 treatments for most vulnerable to launch in UK

With recent surges in coronavirus rates across Europe, and easing of restrictions in the UK, it remains vital that we understand every available measure that can protect care home residents from COVID-19 outbreaks. Two new clinical trials to develop treatments to prevent transmission and severity of COVID-19 are to launch in the UK. In an announcement on Saturday 20th March, senior government ministers and leading scientists including Professor Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer for England) outlined why this work is so important.

British Geriatrics Society supports PROTECT-CH trial

"We are proud to support the PROTECT-CH platform trial. Prior to the pandemic, exclusion of older people from clinical research and under-recruitment to clinical trials was the norm. As the largest ever trial conducted in care homes, the PROTECT-CH trial is an outstanding example of how these barriers can be overcome, benefiting older people’s healthcare in the UK and globally. We strongly urge care home managers to register their interest in the trial and help researchers identify treatments that can protect their residents from COVID-19.” - Dr Jennifer Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society

PROTECT-CH introductory webinar recording now available

In February and March 2021, Adam Gordon (Professor of Care of Older People and Co-Chief Investigator of the PROTECT-CH study) hosted a series of webinars introducing care homes to the PROTECT-CH platform study. The webinars aimed to help care home staff learn more about what participating in PROTECT-CH involves, and how staff and residents can take part. A recording of the webinar held on 9 March is now available.

PROTECT-CH receives Urgent Public Health status

We are delighted to announce that the PROTECT-CH study has been approved for Urgent Public Health (UPH) designation. This is an important milestone for the study, and is crucial to ensuring that we continue to progress at a rapid pace.

New trial to test drugs for preventing Covid-19 in care homes

A new trial, led by experts from the University of Nottingham, will look at reducing the transmission of Covid-19 and its severity in care homes, thanks to funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).