Doctors

Wherever you can help, you’re needed

To rejoin the NHS, please complete this survey so we can understand how best to use your skills.

We have a large team working as quickly as they can to bring people back. It is important that we take sufficient time to ensure you are matched on an individual basis to where your skills are most needed, so it may take up to a week before you are contacted by a local NHS organisation.

Please read the FAQs below carefully before making contact as your questions may be answered there. If you have already completed the NHS returners survey, please be assured that your offer of support is in progress and you will be contacted shortly.

If you are based in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your details will be passed on to the relevant NHS body.

As a qualified and experienced health and social care professional who has either temporarily or permanently left the NHS, your colleagues and local community are in urgent need of your support to join the fight against COVID-19 in a number of different ways that don’t have to involve frontline care.

COVID-19 has the potential to put huge additional demand on our NHS and our fellow citizens. In such emergencies, the GMC can grant temporary registration to certain groups, the first being fully qualified and experienced doctors of good standing who have recently relinquished their registration or licence to practise. Those wishing to return to primary care will also need to be included on the Performers List.

We greatly appreciate the time and effort that you have already given the NHS and have put everything in place to ensure re-joining us is easy and safe for you. You can choose how much time you contribute and are free to stop working at any point. Your contract will reflect standard terms and conditions such as working hour protections, pay arrangements, and annual leave entitlement.

This isn’t only about clinically treating patients – there is also a need to provide a calm and stoic presence whose ripple effect is felt way beyond any health or social care setting. Many members of the general public are anxious and need reassurance. Your expertise can help in so many ways, so even if you fall into a group which is considered to be at increased risk, you can still offer valuable support through a variety of roles in secondary, community and primary care.

If you are a GP or practice staff considering returning to the NHS, there is more information and a short application form to complete on the COVID-19 General Practice page.

Understandably, you will have important questions to ask before making your decision, whether that be around your own health and wellbeing, professional indemnity, pensions or remuneration. We have aimed to answer many of these here but if you have any further queries please email nhsi.medical.nonGP.returners@nhs.net or nhsi.medicalGP.returners@nhs.net as appropriate.

Your expertise and experience will be valued beyond measure at this difficult time.

Thank you.

Frequently asked questions for returning doctors