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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guide for health professions considering a return to the NHS Scotland

Guidance for different health professions consider a return to the NHS Scotland to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guide for health professions considering a return to the NHS Scotland
Nurses and midwives

Nurses and midwives

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we need skilled, experienced registered nurses and midwives to join us and offer their support in a variety of roles across health and social care. 

We are therefore asking former registrants who have de-registered within the last five years to return to practice as your expertise will be invaluable. 

Whether you can offer help in a clinical capacity or in a general supportive function, we are interested to hear from you.

Opportunities for midwives will be available across the breadth of maternity services.

Your regulatory body should have written to you about temporary registration, however if you have moved house or changed email address in the last three years, or if you would like more information, please go to the NMC website. There will be no fee payable to join the temporary register.

You will need to join the NMC temporary register as a first step. The following groups have been invited onto the temporary register:

Then, to join the NHS Scotland workforce you will need to contact the Health and Social Care COVID-19 Accelerated Recruitment Portal which allows health and social care professions to log their skills, location and the work they are able to undertake during the coronavirus outbreak. The portal is managed by NHS Education for Scotland who will then pass your details onto the relevant NHS Board. Deployment of applicants within health and social care will then be arranged by the appropriate NHS Board indicated in your preferences. 

Please read the questions and answers carefully before making contact as your questions may be answered there. If you have already registered on the recruitment portal, please be assured that your offer of support is in progress and you will be contacted shortly.

The information on this web page applies only to Scotland. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, please visit the relevant website:



There are special arrangements in place for undergraduate nursing and midwifery students relevant to the progress of their undergraduate study, which will align with the continuation of their studies and clinical placements. Additionally, there may be possibilities to utilise their experience to date to support the response to this national pandemic.

All students will have been contacted by their university and offered support. 

Further detail and information can be found in the guidance for nursing, midwifery and medical students