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Covid-19: HR Policy and Practice in the NHS

The Covid-19 crisis has placed the NHS workforce under unprecedented pressure.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England (PHE), Health Education and NHS Employers have worked at speed to design and implement a number of measures designed to increase the capacity, resilience and capability of the workforce.

This topic covers the NHS current and evolving initiatives which make up the NHS response to Covid-19.

Covid-19: HR Policy and Practice in the NHS: Quick Facts
  • As the need to respond promptly to the Covid-19 crisis has increased in recent weeks, plans have continued to be put in place across the health and social care system co-ordinated by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England (PHE), Health Education England and NHS Employers.

  • Plans include redeployment of staff from other settings, bringing staff back from retirement, enabling staff movement between employers, speeding up pre-employment checks, revised terms and conditions and ensuring the provision of adequate training facilities for all staff.

  • As the weeks have progressed, focus has shifted to developing and implementing strategies for protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all NHS staff.