Joining the temporary NHS workforce

The NHS physiotherapy workforce needs to expand significantly. From the recently retired to those in the private and independent sectors.  And from support workers to students, all can join an expanded NHS workforce for a temporary period.   Find out the options in each country.

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What's needed and what support you can expect

The entire physiotherapy workforce at whatever stage of their careers and whatever their previous or usual role, has an abundance of transferable skills, all of which will be needed at this time of emergency and unprecedented demand on our health and social care systems.

Everyone joining the temporary NHS workforce should be provided with induction, training, supervision, support and appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) in order to work in whatever way their experience and skill set is best utilised. For some this may be supporting with essential patient care, for others this will be stepping into acute and community rehabilitation and re-enablement pathways and for a number this will be working in specific clinical specialities (where they have particular experience and skills to do this).

Not all roles will be patient facing. There will be a significant need to support with staff pastoral care and other initiatives to keep the workforce well and at

See also our Workplace and employment FAQs on 'Returning to the NHS'

work – many individuals of the past and current physiotherapy workforce have a skill set to support in these ways. This option may be appropriate if you have underlying health issues or concerns and you do not wish to undertake a patient facing role.

Exactly how and where you may be asked to work will be determined by local need.

You may not want to undertake paid work in the NHS but still wish to support in a voluntary capacity at this time. Your knowledge, skills and experience are still vital and needed. Search for NHS volunteering or other options near to where you live.

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 you eligibility to remain in the programme.

England

I am recently retired (in the last 3 years)

You will have received a letter from the HCPC asking whether you would consider returning to registered practice and to join the HCPC on a temporary register in order to do this. You can find out more information about returning to practice at NHS England.


I am a physiotherapist in private practice/independent sector

Complete a survey to register your interest and see FAQs answered by NHSE/I. If you feel especially concerned about returning to the acute hospital environment you should opt for community in the survey.


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 COVID19 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 COVID19 response temporary roles.


I am a final year student

Your university will be informing the HCPC of all their final year students who are suitable to join a temporary register and will put those names forward to the HCPC temporary register.

The decision to put your name forward for temporary registration lies with universities. Universities will identify the names of those students who they deem have met the necessary learning outcomes and clinical placement experience.

See our FAQs on supporting the frontline.

Once you are named on the temporary register you can complete a survey at NHS England to register your interest if you wish to work, and you will see FAQs about paid work as a temporary registrant.

You can also join the CSP as a member in our temporary qualified category - for existing student members you should update your membership to temporary qualified membership status.

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 post grad 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 and 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 consider becoming an NHS voluntary responder in England and you can apply at GoodSAM. Or you can volunteer in your own country of residence.


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. Or you may wish to consider becoming an NHS voluntary responder in England or in your own country of residence.


Northern Ireland

I am recently retired (in the last 3 years)

You will have received a letter from the HCPC asking whether you would consider returning to registered practice and to join the HCPC on a temporary register in order to do this. Once you have received a temporary HCPC number you can register your interest to return with the Northern Ireland HSC Workforce Appeal.


I am a physiotherapist in private practice/independent sector

Register your interest with the Northern Ireland HSC Workforce Appeal.


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

Your university will be informing the HCPC of all their final year students who are suitable to join a temporary register and will put those names forward to the HCPC temporary register.

The decision to put your name forward for temporary registration is the university’s and will be based on the number of placement hours you have completed and other factors. See our FAQs on supporting the frontline.

You can register your interest if you wish to work at the Northern Ireland HSC Workforce Appeal.

You can also join the CSP as a member in our temporary qualified category - for existing student members you should update your membership to temporary qualified membership status.

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. 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 Scotland or in your own country of residence.


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.


Scotland

I am recently retired (in the last 3 years)

You will have received a letter from the HCPC asking whether you would consider returning to registered practice and to join the HCPC on a temporary register in order to do this. Once you have received a temporary HCPC number you can register your interest to return at NHS Scotland Careers.


I am a physiotherapist in private practice/independent sector

Register your interest at NHS Scotland Careers.


I am a support worker in the private or independent sector

Contact your local NHS Heath 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 Heath 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. In this letter Ms McDonald outlines to final year students 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 whilst ensuring you are able to complete your academic degree.  Your university will be informing the HCPC of all their final year students who are suitable to join a temporary register and will put those names forward to the HCPC temporary register.

The decision to put your name forward for temporary registration is the university’s and will be based on the number of placement hours you have completed and other factors. See our FAQs on supporting the frontline.

If you wish to work you can find out what happens next at NHS Scotland Careers.

You can also join the CSP as a member in our temporary qualified category - for existing student members you should update your membership to temporary qualified membership status.

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 post grad 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. 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 N Ireland or in your own country of residence.


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.

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


Wales

I am recently retired (in the last 3 years)

You will have received a letter from the HCPC asking whether you would consider returning to registered practice and to join the HCPC on a temporary register in order to do this. You can find out more information about this at the HCPC.

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

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/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.


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.


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.


I am a final year student

Your university will be informing the HCPC of all their final year students who are suitable to join a temporary register and will put those names forward to the HCPC temporary register.

The decision to put your name forward for temporary registration is the university’s and will be based on the number of placement hours you have completed and other factors. See our FAQs on supporting the frontline.

If you wish to work, further information as it is agreed and released by Health Education and Improvement Wales regarding supporting final year students into temporary registered practice will appear here. Please check regularly for updates.

You can also join the CSP as a member in our temporary qualified category - for existing student members you should update your membership to temporary qualified membership status.

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. 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 volunteer by registering at Volunteering Wales, or in your own country of residence.


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.