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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
Healthcare scientists

Healthcare scientists

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we need skilled, experienced members of the Healthcare Science workforce 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:


Applied biomedical science students

We believe final year students will be able to make a significant contribution to the response to this pandemic.

We are therefore asking, if you are able (and we recognise that some of you may not be, for a variety of reasons)  to become part of your local health and social care workforce.  Your university and local Employer,  will work with you to identify where you can continue to develop your skills, complete your academic programme and at the same time provide service to the people of Scotland.  

Even if you are not able to practice in an NHS laboratory, there are other areas where there will be a need for staff to support the delivery of laboratory services. Whatever your skills, if you feel able to be deployed, there may be an opportunity for you if you want to come forward.

Your university will have been in touch with you, and they are best placed to provide further information in relation to your studies.