Project Nightingale- we need your help

25th Mar 2020

Project Nightingale Update 

Dear Colleague,

The COVID-19 pandemic creates threats and uncertainties of a magnitude that is difficult to grasp. It requires a radical response, the likes of which the NHS has never seen, or contemplated, before.  

NHS is looking to open a brand new hospital in the Excel Centre as part of the fight back against COVID-19, Project Nightingale. It is expected to admit its first patients early next week, with more capacity being created in response to patient need, which will provide much needed critical care capacity for our hospitals. We are expecting the facility to be open to approximately 500 patients from next week, with a plan to scale up significantly. We cannot do this without your help. Each of us has such an important role to play in fighting this virus.

In order to maximise the expertise of our critical care clinicians, we have developed the content for a programme to rapidly upskill all staff and volunteers who will support the work at NHS Nightingale. If you have experience delivering education we need you, and we would ask that you consider joining our team in London.

Some of the content will be delivered virtually, which may be more suitable for those who are currently self- isolating, but have the skills to help.

This training programme begins on Thursday, 26th March, so there is much urgency in our request.  Even if you cannot join our training faculty this week, we still want to hear from you, as this programme will be running over several weeks.   

Hotel accommodation will be provided near the ExCel centre for people required to deliver on-site training for those who need it.  We will also provide meals for everybody  on site and your travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Self-employed people will be paid in line with NHS Agenda for Change.

If you have any capacity to help, please complete the form by clicking on this link and you will be contacted within the next 24 hours.


Lizzie Smith

Regional Director

Health Education England, London

Stewart House | 32 Russell Square | London | WC1B 5DN

< Back to News