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War Horse and His Dark Materials performers help develop PPE guide

PUBLISHED: 12:14 02 August 2020 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 August 2020

The National Theatre production of War Horse. Picture: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

The National Theatre production of War Horse. Picture: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

With the help of performers from shows such as War Horse and His Dark Materials, a Hackney charity has put together a guide for healthcare workers to help them cope with wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods - and to improve communication with patients.

Clod Ensemble developed its guide based on tips from theatre and film workers who are used to wearing costumes, masks, puppets, animatronics, and prosthetics.

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Coping With Personal Protective Equipment was created in response to a request from staff at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH),

Dr Beth Thomas, UCLH clinical educator in simulation, said: “PPE is uncomfortable, hot and makes communication difficult. When they remove their PPE, they are exhausted. This practical guide will help them to prioritise their well-being and self-care while wearing PPE and will stand them in good stead for the anticipated second wave.”

Click here to find a link to the guide.


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