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Returning to healthcare made easier

By Dan Allard

​If you are a former doctor, nurse or healthcare professional and you are interested in supporting the NHS again, plans are in place to make the return as easy as possible. The NHS are specifically looking for practitioners who may have lapsed registration in the last three years to re-register with their professional body, so they can provide frontline support to ease the pressures caused by COVID-19.

Under plans announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock in collaboration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), returning practitioners will be assessed by their regulator. They will then have the chance to join a temporary register which will be used to fill a range of clinical and non-clinical roles. The NMC has confirmed that “No fee will be applicable for registrants on the COVID-19 temporary register.”

Supporting key workers

Earlier this week, it was announced that schools would remain open for the children of key workers.

A list of key workers has now been publicly revealed which includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care professionals. It also includes members of the criminal justice system such as prison and probation staff.

If your profession is included within this list, you can continue to send your children to school for childcare whilst you work. The schools will not be following an educational curriculum, but it will be a safe space for your child whilst you work. Your child can attend five days a week or just when you need them to around your shifts. This childcare basis may be extended throughout the upcoming Easter holiday period, as well as term time.

We recommend visiting gov.uk for the latest announcements.

How Sanctuary can help

We are here to help support healthcare workers, social work and criminal justice practitioners who wish to re-join their relevant professions as we all work together to tackle this crisis.

As more people begin to self-isolate, we know that our vulnerable communities are in greater need than ever before. We continue to work closely with local authorities and NHS Trusts to promote current vacancies. Our compliance team are working hard to complete all checks, enabling our community to start work as quickly as possible.

If you would like to return to a health, social care or criminal justice role, please simply upload your CV.