Doctors (non GP)

Thank you!

We have had an amazing response in just a few weeks to what has become the biggest one-off recruitment programme in the history of the NHS, since it was launched at the end of March 2020. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has stepped forward.

This is first time an initiative of this type and scale has been undertaken in the NHS. Carrying out all the necessary checks and seeking to match each person who has come forward with an NHS provider who has a suitable role has been complex and undertaken at pace. We appreciate your patience and your helpful feedback.

If you have not yet received an offer of work, this may be because there is no role currently available suited to your skills, location and preferred way of working. However, we may need your support in the coming months so please be patient if you have not yet been contacted by a potential NHS employer.

Our need for you may not be as immediate as it could have been, but this is not to say your contribution is not valued or you will not be needed in the future to support the NHS as it moves towards a more routine way of working, ensures staff  have well-earned breaks and recovery time, and prepares for winter 2020/20. Returners could help on a part-time, full-time or casual basis, working on site and remotely, to provide additional workforce or much-needed cover for permanent staff, or to address the future profile of COVID-19.

All those returning to work in the NHS have the same access as permanent staff to free support designed to help all NHS staff take steps to maintain their physical and mental health and wellbeing

We have aimed to answer many of the questions you may have in the frequently asked questions below, but if you have any queries as a returning clinician that are not about the return to work process please email

If you are waiting to hear from us

On 29 April 2020 NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to all NHS employers asking them to fast-track employment offers, inductions and any necessary top-up training for all remaining prospective returners over the next two weeks.

If you have completed our survey but not yet heard from us, completed our checks but not yet had an offer of work from a NHS employer, decided to withdraw your offer to return, found a role by another means, or have any other queries about the return to work process, please email

If you have previously left the NHS either temporarily or permanently, are currently registered in private practice or are in a non-patient facing role, you may have been contacted by your professional regulator (such as the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council) about joining their temporary register in readiness for the NHS response to the greatest global health emergency in history.

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, requires 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. This is a home-based role, working in four-hour shifts between 8am and 8pm.

As this role is completely new, there will be additional checks such as an enhanced DBS, a home-based occupational health assessment, a work station assessment and suitability for telephony duties. Further information is available on NHS Professionals’ website.


Frequently asked questions for returning doctors