How you or your organisation could help


NOTE: For organisations that would like to help Cambridge NHS specifically, visit our Cambridge NHS support page


  • PPE Exchange: Free to join and free to use, PPE Exchange has been established with the sole aim of bringing together users and suppliers of personal protection equipment (PPE) to allow as much as possible of this urgently needed equipment to get to the front line to safeguard carers and service users.

Equipment manufacturing

  • The Henry Royce Institute has set up a database to compile design and manufacturing capabilities across the UK on behalf on the NHS. They are asking for responses from companies in two categories:
    - those that have design and/or manufacture facilities or resources in the UK that they wish to make available to the NHS.
    - those requiring access to design and/or manufacturing facilities to produce parts for critical equipment for the NHS. 


The availability of ventilators and CPAP equipment specifically is a key concern for healthcare systems in responding to COVID-19. Below are some links relating to ventilator and CPAP design and production:

  • MHRA specification for ‘minimally acceptable’ ventilator designs: specification of the minimally (and some preferred options) clinically acceptable ventilator to be used in UK hospitals during the current COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus. It sets out the clinical requirements based on the consensus of what is ‘minimally acceptable’ performance in the opinion of the anaesthesia and intensive care medicine professionals and medical device regulators. It is for devices, which are most likely to confer therapeutic benefit on a patient suffering with ARDS caused by SARS-CoV-2, used in the initial care of patients requiring urgent ventilation. A ventilator with lower specifications than this is likely to provide no clinical benefit and might lead to increased harm, which would be unacceptable for clinicians.
  • Open Source Ventilator:  A website for engineers, designers, medical professionals, and communities to generate and validate ideas for open source designs of ventilators that can be produced at scale and made available for use by clinical staff to save lives and aid the recovery of COVID19 patients.

Calls for individual expertise

  • Register with the COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database:  To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, the Knowledge Exchange Unit of the UK Parliament are creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you have any expertise relating to COVID-19 or its impacts, and if you would be prepared to provide expert insights to Parliament, complete this form.
  • Join Rapid Review Network for Royal Society Open Science: Royal Society Open Science journal is issuing a special call for Registered Report (RR) submissions that are relevant to COVID-19 in any field, including but not limited to biological, medical, economic, and psychological research. The journal is seeking reviewers in all fields to help with this extraordinary effort by agreeing to review manuscripts within 24 to 48 hours after accepting a review request. If you are willing to review a Stage 1 RR in your field of expertise within 24-48 hours of accepting a review request, please complete this online form
  • Register as a volunteer at Helpful Engineering: Designing, sourcing and executing projects to help people suffering from the COVID-19 crisis worldwide. They are an open community of volunteers without a commercial purpose. They believe that through a utilitarian approach, they can do the most good in the quickest time. Applying unused engineering and manufacturing resources, they can help the world cope with the threat of COVID-19. 

Support for manufacturers

Supporting resources


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