Bringing staff back

COVID-19 deploying your workforce

Emergency legislation has enabled recently retired professional staff to re-join the workforce, through nationally and locally co-ordinated processes.

Details of the process for retired returners is available on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website. Organisations may wish to consider their own local approaches to seeking the return of staff who are not professionally regulated and who have retired from employment within the last few years.

For clinicians, the process varies depending on how long ago they stopped working in the NHS, for further information visit Bringing Staff Back

Doctors

  • If they left the register in the last three years, they can return to clinical practice or the 111 service. In order to do this, they will need to contact the General Medical Council to re-join the register and then fill in this survey.
  • If they left the register more than three years ago, they can return to clinical practice, given they have no outstanding fitness to practise investigations or sanctions. They will need to contact the General Medical Council to re-join the register and then need to fill in this survey.
  • If they are currently on the register and are not employed by NHS, they can work in clinical practice or the 111 service. They will need to contact NHS Professionals.

For further information on the types of roles returning doctors can do, please visit our deploying returning doctors web page. 

Nurses

  • If they are a nurse or midwife returning to practice, having left the register less than three years ago, they will need to fill in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s temporary COVID-19 register, and then fill in this survey.

Allied Health Professionals

  • If they are an allied health professional returning to practice and have left the register less than three years ago, they will have automatically been added to the temporary register, and will then need to fill in this survey. For further information contact the Health and Care Professions Council.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

  • If they are a pharmacist returning to practice and have left the register less than three years ago, they will have automatically been added to the temporary register, and will then need to fill in this survey. For further information contact the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Non-clinical roles

  • For anyone who has previously worked in the NHS in a non-clinical role they should contact their local NHS trust to see where they can help.

Deploying people safely

A range of existing and returning staff are now being rapidly deployed into new clinical roles and environments, often working at the limits or beyond their normal scope of practice. NHS England and NHS Improvement have released, 'deploying our people safely' guidance to support NHS staff and the health and care organisations in which they are working. The guidance also emphasises the importance of staff and trade union engagement in issues around staff redeployment.

COVID-19 deploying your workforce

Deploying returning doctors

The type of roles consultants and doctors could be deployed to depending on individual competencies.

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