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24.03.20

NHS Professionals launches rapid response staff bank protocol

In light of the ongoing challenges facing the NHS due to the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Professionals has launched the Covid-19 Rapid Response, a staff bank protocol designed to enable qualified nurses and healthcare professionals to move quickly and safely to the front line.

NHS Professionals currently runs the largest staff bank in England, providing a simple, centralised entry point into the service.

The newly introduced protocol is designed to allow qualified health professionals, who may or may not be currently working in the NHS and want to help assist in the NHS response to the current coronavirus pandemic, 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 is urging health professionals from across the healthcare sector to do the same.

She explained: “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 an 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 NHS Professionals’ staff bank should visit our website to start their registration.”

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