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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
Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health Professionals

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we need skilled, experienced members of the Allied Healthcare Professionals to join us and offer their support in a variety of roles across health and care. 

We are therefore asking former registrants who have de-registered within the last three 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.

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 HCPC’s website. There will be no fee payable to join the temporary register.

You will need to join the HCPC temporary register as a first step.

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:


  • Statement from UK Chief Allied Health Professions Officers and the HCPC regarding returnees to the Register to respond to coronavirus demand (19 March 2020)


We know that many students, especially those nearing the end of their education, are keen to join the front line to provide essential support. You should have heard from your Higher Education Institute on the options available to you and the next steps to take. For some students with underlying health conditions, working on the front line during this emergency may not be feasible; Higher Educational Institutions  will work with individuals to tailor support to individual circumstances.

The first step for you to take is to register your interest at the Health and Social Care COVID-19 Accelerated Recruitment Portal