COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders


This section provides information to help workforce leaders and their teams in the health system to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It brings together, in one place, any nationally agreed temporary workforce guidance and relevant resources. It also provides signposts to relevant Government guidance. 

We will continue to regularly update this section to reflect the latest national developments. 

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Workforce supply and deployment

Information on managing the extra sources of workforce supply mobilised as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 DBS checks and registration

Pre-employment checks and assurance

Read key information about pre-employment checks and organisational preparedness plans regarding indemnity and litigation.

COVID-19 death in service benefits

Life assurance scheme

Details of the new life assurance scheme for NHS and social care staff in England and Wales and the action for employers.

COVID-19 staff terms and conditions

Staff terms and conditions

Understand more about staff terms and conditions at this time, including: pay, annual leave, sickness absence, recording on ESR, self isolation and reprioritising existing work.

COVID-19 partnership working and facilities time

Partnership working and facilities time

Read about the importance of partnership working during this time of pressure on the NHS.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Health, safety and wellbeing

Access guidance for supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of your staff.

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