The Covid-19 pandemic means we are working in exceptional times, and we are looking for exceptional people to help our response.
We need skilled, experienced nurses and midwives to join us and offer their support in a variety of roles across health and care. Your expertise will be invaluable. Whether you can offer help in a clinical capacity or a more supportive function, we will welcome you back.
There are opportunities in a range of services and settings including hospitals, the community, in care homes, general practice, remote working through services such as NHS 111 and many other areas.
You will be matched dependent upon your skills, expertise and recent experience as well as individual preferences. Education, training and support will be provided. To find out more about what these roles might entail and what support is on offer, please see our Frequently asked questions section below.
We also have roles in the new Nightingale hospitals – if you can help, please contact us.
For the different routes into practice, please check the next steps set out below.
Your leadership, skills and expertise across the breadth of nursing and midwifery at this challenging time are appreciated.
A returning nurse or midwife applying for NMC temporary registration:
There are two important steps for you to complete:
- Join the NMC’s Covid-19 temporary register: For those lapsed three years or less you should have been recently contacted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council directly; if not, you can still sign up. They will supply you with your temporary PIN and you will be added to the emergency temporary register. For those more than three years’ lapsed registration, please confirm with the NMC before proceeding to step 2.
- Tell us where and how you want to work: Complete the NHS return to work survey to help us match your skills, expertise and experience to a role quickly and where it is most needed.
Your details will be reviewed by those looking to match you to a role locally. We will then contact you to discuss the options available to you and begin planning your return to work, including pre-employment checks and what support you will have.
Between accepting a role and starting work, you will have all the essential pre-employment checks, education, training and support so you can undertake the role you have been matched with safely. To find out more about this process, please see our Frequently asked questions section below.
Already NMC registered and looking to offer support:
There are a number of options for you to offer your support depending on where you would like to work and your individual needs and expertise. We have listed a few here for you to consider:
- Contact us directly if you would like to access options outside of hospital services, in speciality areas, or to discuss redeployment options.
- NHS Professionals COVID-19 Rapid Response service which is offering bank services to variety of NHS trusts across England.
- Nightingale Hospital roles – find out more on the NHS Professionals website.
- Health Education England coronavirus e-learning programme
- NHS111 coronavirus guidance
- NMC joint statement from chief executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals
- Royal College of Midwives: Coronavirus – what you need to know
- Royal College of Nursing publication of UK coronavirus action plan
- Council of Deans for Health: Response to coronavirus
- Unison: your rights at work (coronavirus)
- National Care Forum: Coronavirus resources
- Public Health England: Coronavirus resources
- Free access to health and well-being apps for NHS staff