There are engineering technicians volunteering to work at field hospitals, pharmacy technicians working overtime, IT technicians keeping all our conference calls going and research technicians sequencing the DNA of the coronavirus to aid vaccine and treatment development.
The can-do attitude of technicians, and the highly skilled nature of their jobs, means that thousands of technicians are volunteering to help the country during its biggest challenge since the second world war.
Supporting the NHS
We couldn't not share this great video form the Evening Standard of everyday hero, Gemma - she's doing an amazing job:
There's just one more day remaining for you to watch the documentary below - it's brilliant to see the work of technicians getting shown to the whole country:
It might not be directly related to covid-19 but we thought this story of Jamie using his technician problem-solving abilites to help patients was a real pick me up:
Amazing work #pharmacyhero Checking Technician Jamie who found an AF patient in an OTC transaction who hadn't taken their meds since 2018 and were suffering from palpitations.— Sadik 🌹 (@Sadik4Pharmacy) June 18, 2020
Proud they can now get the help they need 👏@AvonLPC @PharmacyNewsUK @ChemistDruggist @CCApharmacy pic.twitter.com/se5wMqV1oK
Supporting students and research
Ove the last few months we've really enjoyed how many universities and research institutes have been publicly celebrating the volunteer work of their technicians - and this week was no exception:
We're proud of the great work our #technicians are doing to support @NHSuk through #COVID19 💜— Durham University (@durham_uni) June 17, 2020
Find out more 👉 https://t.co/mNGd2AKFDm #WeAreTogether #UniSupport #N8technicians #TechCommit #TechniciansMakeItHappen @TechsCommit pic.twitter.com/u0kfZGVvq3
As well as volunteering, technicians have started getting everything ready for when researchers and students return. This week the John Innes centre (virtually) opened it's doors to show everyone how they've been preparing:
And if you needed a reminder of more normal times, we were fascinated by this video from Manchester's architecture department - their technicians are really talented!
Finally if you didn't have the chance to read it last week, technician Mike, who's secured funding to start up an outreach programme showing young people what life as a technician is like, has written a bit more about his thinking behind the programme - we wish you all the best with it Mike!
Keep up the good work guys and stay safe!