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Seeing the NHS under so much pressure and being unable to help – except by staying home, of course – is tough for those amongst us who’d like to be doing more. Despite the NHS volunteer scheme temporarily closing due to the influx of volunteers, a new way to help out has just emerged, as London’s new NHS Nightingale is looking for healthcare support workers. And you don’t need any clinical or healthcare qualifications to apply!
Transformed from London’s ExCeL Centre in just under a fortnight, NHS Nightingale will soon start welcoming coronavirus patients through the doors. They’ll need an estimated 16,000 people to staff it once the full capacity of 4000 patients is reached, though, and that’s where you come in. In a new job advert posted on the NHS website, NHS Nightingale solicits healthcare support workers from across the London boroughs (and Cities of London and Westminster) to come and help staff the hospital.
Stressing that there’s no need for clinical or healthcare experience, the job advert seeks those who “keep calm under pressure, have a real empathy for people who need support, and [are] ready to put a patient’s welfare first in what are unprecedented times.” It’s part of a massive recruitment drive to ensure that our healthcare service has the personnel needed to manage such a crisis, and presents a prime opportunity for anyone who’d like to help out. Plus, it might be a vital source of income for those who’ve sadly lost their jobs or had their hours cut as a result of the subsequent economic slowdown.
Fancy applying? You can find the job application here.
Also published on Medium.