Clinicians considering a return to the NHS

Interested in joining the NHS COVID-19 vaccination team?

You may be a former doctor, nurse, midwife, allied health professional, pharmacist, pharmacy technician or other healthcare worker. There are different routes to joining the team, regardless of your clinical discipline.

If you:

  • are a retired clinician interested in returning to the NHS for the first time; or
  • returned to support the NHS by any another route other than the NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Bringing Back Staff programme (see below); or
  • originally returned to support the NHS via the Bringing Back Staff programme but then withdrew and asked not to be kept informed

Please visit the NHS Professionals website where you can make your application and undergo the necessary pre-employment checks.

If, according to our records, you:

  • are a retired clinician who answered the call to come back to help the NHS earlier this year and
  • have completed pre-employment checks through NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Bringing Back Staff programme

you will have been sent an email on Friday 20 November to say that you do not have to make a new application. Your dedicated NHS England and Improvement Bringing Back Staff team will be contacting you directly to see if you are interested in any of the opportunities available. This will save you having to undergo further pre-employment checks. With thousands of retired clinicians kindly continuing to offer to help the NHS, it may take us a little bit of time to make contact with everyone so please bear with us if you are not contacted immediately. If you have any queries or concerns in the meantime, please contact

If you are a GP returner interested in returning to PCN or general practice work please contact

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination team, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Medical Support Workers

We are prioritising £15million of national funding to trusts to provide additional clinical support for the short-term recruitment (until March 2021) of up to 1,000 doctors as Medical Support Workers (MSW).

The MSW role is suitable for those who have a medical qualification but have been out of clinical practice for over a year and need to work under clinical supervision. It is also suitable for those who do not yet have GMC registration e.g. international medical graduates or refugee doctors currently living in the UK.

Find out more about the Medical Support Worker role.

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.

Our research shows us that some 50 per cent of those who offered to return and completed our pre-employment checks would like to support the NHS in the medium to longer term. We are making contact with each person who has made this offer to see how this might happen, whether that be a return to permanent employment; interim support for national programmes like clinical trials, flu vaccinations and continuing healthcare; or a more voluntary arrangement.

If you are a returner who has not already applied through our Bringing Back Staff programme but would like to be contacted about future opportunities (other than the COVID-19 vaccinations programme – see above), please register your interest.

If you have previously applied through our Bringing Back Staff programme and have any queries, please email