Joining the temporary NHS workforce

The response of the NHS to the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. As part of this, numerous healthcare professionals have been working differently, returning to NHS practice or, for students, either joining a temporary register or contributing through another type of placement model. This has become the biggest one-off recruitment programme in the history of the NHS.

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What's needed and what support you can expect

As we are now coming through the peak of hospitalisations and entering the next phase of the response, plans are being developed across the UK to safely bring back NHS services and meet delayed demand for care and treatment.

If you still wish to register an interest in joining the temporary NHS workforce, you can, but the current priority is reviewing how and where those who have already registered to return can best support health and social care, now and in the coming months.

Anyone who joins the temporary NHS workforce is provided with induction, training, supervision, support and appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) in order to work in whatever way best utilises their experience and skill set. 

If you have registered to join the temporary workforce or you are still considering this option, you can find the latest information here for the country where you currently reside. If you have been furloughed as part of the government's job retention scheme, we suggest you read our FAQs on redeployment as taking up paid work may affect your eligibility to remain in the programme.

England

(Last updated: 5 June 2020)

I am recently retired (in the past 3 years)

You can find out more information about the joining the temporary register at the HCPC website and information about returning to practice at NHS England.


I am a physiotherapist in private practice/the independent sector

Find the latest information at NHSE/I


I am a support worker in the private or independent sector

Contact your local NHS Trusts and apply to their bank or search on NHS jobs for COVID-19 response temporary roles.


I have a background in support work and would like to return

Contact your local NHS Trusts and apply to their bank or search on NHS jobs for COVID-19 response temporary roles.


I am a final-year student

The HCPC has launched a temporary register for final-year students who meet the required competencies and have completed sufficient clinical placements. This is available at the HCPC websiteUniversities have worked carefully to establish which of their students are eligible. 

Students who are approaching the end of their degree, who meet the relevant standards of proficiency and programme learning outcomes, and have gained sufficient clinical experience, may be put forward to be added to the register. Your university will confirm if this applies to you.

If your name is added, this does not mean that you have to work during the pandemic or that you will: it means that you are eligible and could work if you chose to.

The HCPC has created FAQs for students to guide you through the registration process. Once you have your HCPC temporary number, you can register your interest in working. When you do this will depend on the country in which you are based.

If you are employed with your HCPC temporary number, join (or upgrade to) the CSP's temporary qualified membership category

You need to be aware that acceptance onto the temporary HCPC registered does not necessarily mean you will be fast-tracked onto the full register at a later date. You will still be required to complete your academic award in order to be fully registered with the HCPC. You should discuss this with your university.

If you already have an offer of employment post registration, speak with them in the first instance to ensure they are aware of your desire to work.

Full details of these arrangement can be found in Health Education England's student support guidance


I am a middle-year student (2nd year on a 3-year course, 3rd on a 4-year course, 1st on a 2-year postgrad pre-reg course)

Health Education England has produced guidance on how you can contribute to the NHS temporary workforce as a paid part-time support worker if you wish. This includes how time should be split with some time in practice as a support worker employee (e.g. three days, and two days in academic study).

Universities are then encouraged to work with employers to give accreditation for clinical hours to continue progression through the course. Students are encouraged to read the full details on the Health Education England student support guidance page

Students are encouraged not to undertake unpaid placements in this time of a pandemic but instead to gain employment as a support worker to ensure you have full employment protection, rights and access to pension and financial benefits. This will enable you to progress your studies while working in practice. 

Employers are being briefed on these arrangements currently, and separate funding should be available for these support worker posts for students so you can continue your clinical experience. 

During holiday periods, you may wish to join the bank of your local NHS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs


I am an early year student (1st year of 3-year course 1st and 2nd year of 4-year course)

During holiday periods, you may wish to join the bank of your local NHS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs


Northern Ireland

(Last updated: 5 June 2020)

I am recently retired (in the past 3 years)

The Northern Ireland HSC Workforce Appeal is not currently seeking new applications. 


I am a physiotherapist in private practice/the independent sector

The Northern Ireland HSC Workforce Appeal is not currently seeking new applications. 


I am a support worker in the private or independent sector

Contact your local HSC Trust or search Health & Social Care Jobs in N Ireland.


I have a background in support work and would like to return

Contact your local HSC Trust or search Health & Social Care Jobs in N Ireland.


I am a final-year student

The HCPC has launched a temporary register for final year students who meet the required competencies and have completed sufficient clinical placements. This is available at the HCPC websiteUniversities have worked carefully to establish which of their students are eligible. 

Students who are approaching the end of their degree, who meet the relevant standards of proficiency and programme learning outcomes, and have gained sufficient clinical experience, may be put forward to be added to the register. Your university will confirm if this applies to you.

If your name is added, this does not mean that you have to work during the pandemic or that you will: it means that you are eligible and could work if you chose to.

The HCPC has created FAQs for students to guide you through the registration process. Once you have your HCPC temporary number, you can register your interest in working. When you do this will depend on the country in which you are based.

If you are employed with your HCPC temporary number, join (or upgrade to) the CSP's temporary qualified membership category

You need to be aware that acceptance onto the temporary HCPC registered does not necessarily mean you will be fast-tracked onto the full register at a later date. You will still be required to complete your academic award in order to be fully registered with the HCPC. You should discuss this with your university.


I am a second-year student

We are currently working with universities and other agencies to understand how you might be able to contribute to the NHS at this time if you wish.

Students are encouraged not to undertake unpaid placements in this time of a pandemic but instead to gain employment as a support worker to ensure you have full employment protection, rights and access to pension and financial benefits. This will enable you to progress your studies while working in practice. 

Employers are being briefed on these arrangements currently, and separate funding should be available for these support worker posts for students so you can continue your clinical experience. 

We will provide more information as soon as we have it.

During holiday periods, you may wish to join the bank of your local NHS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

Or you may wish to look for volunteering opportunities in Northern Ireland or in your own country of residence.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs


I am a first-year student

During holiday periods you may wish to join the bank of your local NHIS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

Or you may wish to look for volunteering opportunities in Northern Ireland or in your own country of residence.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs


Scotland

(Last updated: 5 June 2020)

I am recently retired (in the past 3 years)

The campaign at NHS Scotland Careers is paused to new applicants. 


I am a physiotherapist in private practice/the independent sector

The campaign at NHS Scotland Careers is paused to new applicants. 


I am a support worker in the private or independent sector

Contact your local NHS Health Board and apply to their bank, or search on NHS jobs for COVID-19 response temporary roles.


I have a background in support work and would like to return

Contact your local NHS Health Board and apply to their bank, or search on NHS jobs for COVID-19 response temporary roles.


I am a final-year student

On the 30 March, Carolyn McDonald, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for Scotland, wrote an open letter to all final year AHP students in Scotland outlining how they can join the temporary NHS workforce should they feel willing and able to do so. The letter also details how your university will support and facilitate this while ensuring you are able to complete your academic degree. 

The HCPC has launched a temporary register for final-year students who meet the required competencies and have completed sufficient clinical placements. This is available at the HCPC websiteUniversities have worked carefully to establish which of their students are eligible. 

Students who are approaching the end of their degree, who meet the relevant standards of proficiency and programme learning outcomes, and have gained sufficient clinical experience, may be put forward to be added to the register. Your university will confirm if this applies to you.

If your name is added, this does not mean that you have to work during the pandemic or that you will: it means that you are eligible and could work if you chose to.

The HCPC has created FAQs for students to guide you through the registration process. Once you have your HCPC temporary number, you can register your interest in working. When you do this will depend on the country in which you are based.

If you are employed with your HCPC temporary number, join (or upgrade to) the CSP's temporary qualified membership category

You need to be aware that acceptance onto the temporary HCPC registered does not necessarily mean you will be fast-tracked onto the full register at a later date. You will still be required to complete your academic award in order to be fully registered with the HCPC. You should discuss this with your university.


I am a middle-year student (2nd year on a 3-year course, 3rd on a 4-year course, 1st on a 2-year postgrad pre-reg course)

We are currently working with universities and other agencies to understand how you might be able to contribute to the NHS at this time if you wish.

Students are encouraged not to undertake unpaid placements in this time of a pandemic but instead to gain employment as a support worker to ensure you have full employment protection, rights and access to pension and financial benefits. This will enable you to progress your studies while working in practice. 

Employers are being briefed on these arrangements currently, and separate funding should be available for these support worker posts for students so you can continue your clinical experience. 

We will provide more information as soon as we have it.

During holiday periods, you may wish to join the bank of your local NHS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs.


I am an early year student (1st year of a 3-year course, 2nd year of a 4-year course)

During holiday periods you may wish to join the bank of your local NHS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs.


Wales

(Last updated: 5 June 2020)

I am recently retired (in the past 3 years)

Once you have received a temporary HCPC number, you can register to rejoin the NHS at Gov Wales.

You can also register and search for roles in specific health boards at CovidHubWales.

If you have questions about returning you can find answers at Gov Wales guidance for returning AHPs or you can email Health Sciences & AHPs at Gov Wales.


I am a physiotherapist in private practice/the independent sector

You can see frequently asked questions about temporary NHS work in Wales at Gov Wales guidance for returning AHPs or you can email Health Sciences & AHPs at Gov Wales.

You can register to join the NHS at Gov Wales and you can also register and search for roles in specific health boards at CovidHubWales.


I am a support worker in the private or independent sector

Contact your local NHS Health Board and apply to their bank or search on NHS jobs for COVID-19 response temporary roles at NHS Jobs.

You can also register and search for roles in specific health boards at CovidHubWales.


I have a background in support work and would like to return

Contact your local NHS Health Board and apply to their bank or search on NHS jobs for COVID-19 response temporary roles at NHS Jobs.

You can also register and search for roles in specific health boards at CovidHubWales.


I am a final-year student

The HCPC has launched a temporary register for final year students who meet the required competencies and have completed sufficient clinical placements. This is available at the HCPC website.  Universities have worked carefully to establish which of their students are eligible. 

Students who are approaching the end of their degree, who meet the relevant standards of proficiency and programme learning outcomes, and have gained sufficient clinical experience, may be put forward to be added to the register. Your university will confirm if this applies to you.

If your name is added, this does not mean that you have to work during the pandemic or that you will: it means that you are eligible and could work if you chose to.

The HCPC has created FAQs for students to guide you through the registration process. Once you have your HCPC temporary number, you can register your interest in working. When you do this will depend on the country in which you are based.

If you wish to work, full details of arrangements can be found in Health Education and Improvement Wales student support guidance.  

If you are employed with your HCPC temporary number, join (or upgrade to) the CSP's temporary qualified membership category

You need to be aware that acceptance onto the temporary HCPC registered does not necessarily mean you will be fast-tracked onto the full register at a later date. You will still be required to complete your academic award in order to be fully registered with the HCPC. You should discuss this with your university.


I am a second-year student

Health Education and Improvement Wales has produced guidance on how you can contribute to the temporary NHS workforce at this time as a paid part-time support worker if you wish. This includes how the work may contribute to your clinical placement hours and how your academic learning will be sustained. Students are encouraged to read the full details in the student support guidance.

Students are encouraged not to undertake unpaid placements in this time of a pandemic but instead to gain employment as a support worker to ensure you have full employment protection, rights and access to pension and financial benefits. This will enable you to progress your studies while working in practice. 

Employers are being briefed on these arrangements currently and separate funding should be available for these support worker posts for students so you can continue your clinical experience. 

During holiday periods, you may wish to join the bank of your local NHS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

Or you may wish to volunteer by registering at Volunteering Wales, or in your own country of residence.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs.


I am a first-year student

During holiday periods, you may wish to join the bank of your local NHS providers and offer your services as a support worker or healthcare assistant. Depending on any previous experience you may have in a health or care setting, you should expect this to be at Band 2 or 3.

Or you may wish to volunteer by registering at Volunteering Wales, or in your own country of residence.

You are encouraged to read our student FAQs


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