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Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to registered professional practice

Guidance on returning to registered professional practice to help with patient care in light of developments relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to registered professional practice


If you left the professional register within the last three years as a Registered Nurse, Midwife, paramedic, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, biomedical scientist, pharmacist or pharmacy technician or as a medical practitioner you should soon be receiving a letter from your previous professional regulator that explains you have been placed on a temporary register and can now participate in helping with the care of patients during the present emergency.   

If you are a practitioner and are fully registered, but not currently working in NHS Scotland, you can participate too.

You will be paid and will be part of a supervised team.  

If you are interested in working within the NHS in Scotland please access 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. Deployment of applicants within health and social care will be handled at local level.

Volunteers who want to support their communities should visit to find out how they can help.

More information is in the questions and answers page.

If you are a student in one of these practice areas your university will be in contact with you soon.