Overseas skilled supply

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

The NHS hugely values staff from all over the world, especially at this time when they are playing a leading role in the NHS’s efforts to tackle COVID-19 and save lives.  

This section provides information on how you can support these overseas individuals here in the UK. It includes details on the ways overseas staff can join the regulators’ temporary registers, visa extensions for NHS staff, and a questions and answers page. 

You may also wish to view our new section on continuing international recruitment following COVID-19.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Regulatory changes

Regulators have created a temporary COVID-19 registers to help the NHS meet workforce demand. Here you will find the latest developments.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Visa extensions and changes to the application process

Learn more about visa extensions and changes to the application process in light of COVID-19

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Questions and answers

Frequently asked questions on accessing the skills of overseas individuals based here in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 DBS checks and registration

Right to work for overseas nationals

Key information from the Home Office regarding delays in receiving right to work documents.

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