Wherever you can help, your NHS needs you

Clinicians considering a return to the NHS

Thank you for your interest in supporting our COVID-19 efforts. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has stepped forward to help.

We have had an amazing response since what has become the biggest one-off recruitment programme in the history of the NHS was launched at the end of March 2020.

We are now coming through this peak of hospitalisations and entering the second phase of our response, with plans being developed to safely bring back NHS services and meet delayed demand for care and treatment.

As a result, we are currently reviewing how and where our many clinical returners can best support health and social care, now and in the coming months. Our immediate area of focus is on nurses, midwives and health care support workers. Find out more about how you can support the NHS in these professions:

If you are a returner in another clinical profession who has not already applied through our return to work programme but would like to be contacted about future opportunities should these arise, please register your interest.

Recruitment of coronavirus contact tracers

NHS Professionals is currently recruiting clinical contact caseworkers to support the new Public Health England Contact Tracing Service. This role, which is appropriate for clinicians with band 6 and above experience, involves liaising with and assessing patients with COVID-19 to help trace people who may have been in contact with them, in order to help track the illness. It is a home-based role, working in four-hour shifts between 8am and 8pm. Further information about the role and the application process is available on NHS Professionals’ website.

Existing returners

We are currently working with local systems to assess future demand and complete processing of the final initial applications we received. If you have already applied through our return to work programme, further information on the current situation for your profession is available below:

Free e-Learning

To help the health and care workforce respond to coronavirus, Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has created a free programme with key materials.

If you are not based in England

The information on this web page applies only to the NHS in England. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please visit the relevant website: