NHS Professionals launches COVID-19 Rapid Response to boost frontline services

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NHS Professionals has launched Covid-19 Rapid Response to enable qualified nurses and other healthcare professionals, who may or may not be currently working in the NHS and who want to help in the battle against the current pandemic, to move quickly and safely to the frontline.

NHS Professionals runs the largest staff bank in England, providing a simple, central entry point into the service. The new protocol is designed to allow qualified health professionals to register with the bank within 24 hours and be available to deliver shifts to the NHS almost immediately.

NHS Professionals’ Chief Nurse and Director of Clinical Governance, Juliette Cosgrove, will join the bank and urges health professionals from across the health care sector to do the same. She said, “Our message is simple. If you are a qualified health professional who wants to work in the NHS to help reduce pressures, one of the simplest and most straightforward routes in is through the NHS Professionals staff bank. Our COVID-19 Rapid Response service should allow you to register with the bank within 24 hours and be available to work in the NHS almost immediately.”

“The country is facing unprecedented challenge and NHS Professionals is committed to playing a key role in underpinning the current drive to boost front line services. Our priority is to ensure qualified health professionals are in the right place at the right time.”

“We welcome professionals from any part of the health system, whether NHS or private, whether recently retired or students.”

Anyone who would like to join the NHS Professionals bank should visit https://go.nhsp.uk/rapidresponse to start their registration.