NICOLA is one of many UK longitudinal research studies contributing to the Longitudinal Health & Wellbeing National Core Study for COVID-19 Research.
We want to examine how the pandemic has impacted people in Northern Ireland compared to other parts of the UK and Ireland. To enable this, NICOLA has been invited to contribute data to a national research partnership called UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration (“UK LLC” for short) which is embedded within the COVID-19 Longitudinal Health & Wellbeing National Core Study. The UK LLC is run by the UK’s top scientists to allow large population studies such as NICOLA to fully contribute at a national research level. This is in an effort to look at a big picture, not just COVID-19 in itself but the impact that lockdown and other restrictions have had on education, families and wider health (for example mental health, cancer care or other ongoing health needs). The UK LLC funding comes via the Medical Research Council.