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The CHIP Study

The CHIP Study

The CHIP study is now closed for recruitment. Thank you for your interest in the study.

If you have taken part in the CHIP Study we want to say a big thank you and to let you know that we will be inviting you back soon to complete your 6 months follow up visit, with retesting and a short survey. Thank you for your continued effort in helping to support research for the future.

Have you received an COVID-19 antibody test at RWT?
You can help us to:
  • Find out whether certain individual characteristics have an impact on the likelihood of infection 
  • Find out whether certain individual characteristics have an impact on antibody response and 
  • See if the presence of antibodies has an effect on potential future infection over a 12 month period

The CHIP study is an RWT project researching the current level of SARS-CoV-2 antibody positivity and likely risk to healthcare workers in the UK to COVID-19 infection. Please act now and take part in our study to make an impact.

About our study

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on healthcare resources and staff in the UK. Understanding the key risk factors associated with infection amongst healthcare workers is essential for future pandemic response plans. Currently there are scarce data relating to the infection rates and associated factors amongst healthcare workers in the UK.

We will use the findings of this research to detail the current level of SARS-CoV-2 antibody positivity and thereby infer the likely risk to healthcare workers in the UK to COVID-19 infection. We will determine whether certain characteristics will have an impact on likelihood of infection and antibody response. Furthermore we will determine the impact of the presence of antibodies on the likelihood of future clinical infection over a 12 month period.

Taking part

You can participate if you are an RWT member of staff, who has had an antibody test here at the Trust already as part of standard protocol.

This 15 minute online survey will ask NHS staff about their:
  • work environments
  • demographics and behavioural factors
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • ethnicity
  • symptoms

This survey will be linked to your current antibody test results and data held by HR and then we will contact you at six and 12 months’ time to repeat the survey. You also have the option to participate in additional antibody tests at six and 12 months.

Information for participants

For further information before completing the survey, please download the information sheet.

Participant Information Sheet (PDF, 516Kb)

Psychological support

If you feel you need some support for your mental health or wellbeing, please download a list of resources.

You can use this even if you decide not to take part in the study. We also recommend that you seek support via the Trust’s occupational health department.

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