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NHS: Staff

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 102696, tabled on 12 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of calling former NHS staff back to work, including people who have left practice over three years ago.

Answered on

18 January 2022

Health Education England leads a national programme to encourage and support people who wish to return to practice in the National Health Service.  The General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council established emergency registers of former healthcare professionals to enable them to support the response to the pandemic.

At the end of 2021, NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to all individuals on the emergency registers on returning to practice and how temporary registrants could assist in NHS settings and support the vaccine deployment programme. In addition, NHS England and NHS Improvement have piloted an NHS Reserve model in eight areas, which is due to be implemented in all integrated care systems across England by early spring.