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22 September 2020 - The science of COVID-19 - Oral evidence

Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
The science of COVID-19

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Start times: 10:00am (private) 10:00am (public)

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Lords to explore COVID-19 mental health impacts

The Lords Science and Technology Committee continues its inquiry into the Science of COVID-19, by questioning clinicians and researchers on the mental health impacts of the pandemic.

Following on from its session on Tuesday 15 September exploring the long-term health implications of COVID-19, the Committee will move to exploring the mental health impacts.

The session will first focus on the mental health impacts of the illness upon patients who suffer a severe case and/or prolonged issues with ‘long-COVID’, as well as the impacts upon their families and upon health and care staff. The Committee will then hear about the mental health impacts of the pandemic and the response, including upon vulnerable groups, children, and people with pre-existing mental health conditions. The Committee will seek to determine where research is required to understand the impacts, and also what healthcare services will be needed now and in the longer term.

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The science of COVID-19
Head of Translational Psychiatry Research Group at University College London, and Co-founder at COVID Traumatic Stress Clinic, UCL
Northern Ireland Chair of Division of Clinical Psychology at British Psychological Society, and Professor; Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Queen's University Belfast
Vice Dean of Research at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London
At 11:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The science of COVID-19
Charity Director at Age UK
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Cambridge
Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at University College London

Possible questions

  • Does the NHS have the expertise, capacity and coordination to offer longer-term psychological treatment to those who have suffered traumatic experiences of serious illness, or who are suffering with prolonged symptoms of ‘long COVID’?
  • Have support services for staff been expanded ahead of the anticipated resurgence of the virus in the winter?
  • What are the effects on bereaved families who have experienced "complicated grief" during the pandemic?
  • If further restrictions need to be introduced again in future, could anything be done differently to reduce the mental health impacts upon people who are isolated, in particular the elderly and other vulnerable groups, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions?
  • To what extent are children experiencing mental health impacts, whether obvious or subtle, and could these lead to difficulties in future?

Further infomation


Virtual meeting (webcast)