This section provides information to help workforce leaders and their teams in the health system to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This page brings together, in one place, any nationally agreed temporary workforce guidance and relevant resources. It also provides signposts to relevant government guidance.
NHS staff terms and conditions
The following COVID-19 workforce guidance has been developed by the Department of Health and Social Care and is hosted by NHS Employers. This is guidance continues to be under review.
Due to the exceptional circumstances, it has not been possible to follow the usual processes of co-production with our trade union partners. However, the NHS Staff Council Executive has provided input and will be involved in the development of further updates.
The aim of this section is to ensure that the operation of national terms and conditions reflect the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and the reliance on our NHS staff at this difficult time.
The overriding principle is that all steps should be taken to ensure staff do not feel forced to work if they become unwell and that they are given as much flexibility as is possible, as far as circumstances allow, to help them maintain their health and wellbeing so that they are able to continue to use their skills and experience for patients in the fight against COVID-19.
This guidance applies to NHS organisations; to outsourced services and to NHS services commissioned from non-NHS organisations. Where the guidance specifically refers to national contracts, it applies to those staff covered by national contracts.
NHS England and Improvement has issued FAQs for subcontractor staff who need to self-isolate or become unwell due to COVID-19.
Primary care workforce
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Staff terms and conditions guidance
Sickness absence during COVID-19
Details on managing sickness absence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 September 2020
Information, including frequently asked questions around managing staff required to self-isolate in your organisation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
22 December 2021
Annual leave during COVID-19
Guidance on managing annual leave for your staff during COVID-19.
9 April 2020
Forms of absence during COVID-19
Guidance on how to manage forms of absence such as carers' leave and special leave in your organisation during the pandemic.
27 March 2020
Recording COVID-19 related absences on ESR
The Electronic Staff Record (ESR) has been adapted to enable recording of COVID-19 related absence.
15 April 2020
COVID-19 and the NHS Pension Scheme
Details on how the COVID-19 bill affects those in the NHS Pension Scheme and their ability to return to work, including the impact on pension tax.
23 March 2020
Infection control during COVID-19
Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment and infection control procedures.
4 April 2022
COVID-19 related FAQs
COVID-19 pay FAQs
Read a list of frequently asked questions around pay for NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
22 December 2021
COVID-19 medical and dental workforce FAQs
Clarification on a number of issues that have been raised by employers in relation to the medical and dental workforce and the impact of COVID-19.
3 February 2021
Supporting you with COVID-19
COVID-19 return to work guidance
This guidance details the risks of returning to work and the appropriate work-related control measures that could be implemented.
6 April 2021
Supporting newly qualified registered healthcare professionals during the pandemic
Resources and guidance for supporting those new to the workforce at this time and how your preceptorship offer can be enhanced.
10 September 2021
Responding to the needs of a diverse workforce and community during COVID-19
Find out what Solent NHS Trust did to support staff and patients during the pandemic.
20 August 2021
Long COVID guidance for employers
Access the long COVID guidance for employers which has been published by Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
8 March 2021
Supporting recovery after long COVID
Information on how you can support staff recovering from long COVID.
19 January 2022