NHS organisations are looking to increase their capacity with temporary roles to help respond to the coronavirus outbreak, and members of the Armed Forces community are ideally skilled to fulfil a role, according to recruitment organisations that supply the NHS with staff..
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is one of the many organisations seeking to recruit for temporary roles as the health services copes with the COVID-10 pandemic.
Some 80 members of the British military have already been deployed and trained by SCAS to help them cope with increasing pressures by driving response vehicles and taking calls, helping to increase the number of ambulances a day by 10 per cent.
NHS Professionals is also looking for registered and unregistered healthcare workers, such as ambulance practitioners, security staff and drivers among other key roles in non-clinical areas, to help to deliver essential patient care.
You can find a list of all regional recruitment sites on the Step into Health website.
All NHS organisations are incredibly busy and dealing with a large number of enquiries, so callers are asked to be patient and understanding this while waiting for a response.
The Step Into Health programme has seen a surge in registrants on its candidate system from members of the Armed Forces community interested in working in the NHS.
Registrations to the system have now been temporarily paused and candidates have been encouraged to join the NHS volunteer responders scheme, to ensure that their unique and transferable skills and knowledge can be used in these difficult times.
The partnership work between the NHS and the Armed Forces continues to prove more vital than ever, with the Ministry of Defence’s COVID Support Force currently supporting the public services to respond to the outbreak.
Their support includes providing infrastructure, logistics and project management advice to the temporary emergency hospitals, helping to conduct COVID-19 testing and train others to do so, and delivering personal protective equipment (PPE).