Workforce supply and deployment

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Several measures have been introduced to support the pandemic for different groups within the workforce, some of which have now come to an end or been extended. Where arrangements are still in place, we have outlined these in the sections below.

For people that wish to work on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, please visit the NHS England and NHS Improvement site for further information.

You can also find a range of up-to-date guidance and information from Health Education England (HEE), NHS England and Improvement and the government, including a pandemic recovery toolkit for NHS trusts, available on HEE’s overview page.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing


Details on the flexibilities offered and changes being made to apprenticeships and assessments during this time.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Overseas skilled supply

Information on accessing the skills of overseas individuals based internationally and in the UK. The section includes advice for getting restarted with international recruitment, temporary registers, visa extensions for NHS staff, and a Q&A section.

COVID-19 recommended actions


Find out the latest quarantine guidance including test to release, isolation periods and stay at home guidance for suspected or confirmed cases.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Deployment of final year student nurses

Guidance about the emergency standards to enable final year nursing students to support the response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing


Information on managing volunteers as an additional source of workforce supply in your organisation.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Medical students and doctors in training

Read about managing the return of clinical students and doctors in training following their use as an additional source of supply.

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