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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for nurses and midwives

HEE is working with partners to provide a system-wide response to COVID-19

As part of system-wide planning, we are working as Team CNO and with our key stakeholders to support our colleagues working in health and social care. In this unprecedented situation we are working with those who have relevant skills and knowledge to support the national response.

We are supporting the Your NHS Needs You campaign asking former registrants to consider returning to support our health and care services. 

We are also working in partnership with the Chief Nursing Officers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on UK-wide policy and guidance to support the deployment of additional nurses and midwives to support patients and families during the covid-19 outbreak.

This includes registered nurses and midwives, student nurses and colleagues from our own organisation and other arm’s length bodies (ALBs) who are registered nurses and midwives.

HEE is also immediately releasing nurses and midwives who are able to contribute to the COVID-19 response by returning to the frontline.


HEE, NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked alongside the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Colleges and the Council of Deans of Health to produce this guidance for nursing and midwifery students. The COVID-19 pandemic means we are in unprecedented times with significant pressures being placed upon our health and care services.

This guidance document has been developed to support nursing and midwifery students to understand the impact of the current situation on their learning programme and how they may use their skills and expertise to support clinical services during this time.

The document should be used in conjunction with the guidance published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and in discussions between the student and their higher education institution.

View the Student Support guidance during COVID-19 Outbreak.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have put together guidance too address some common questions about their role as a regulator take a look at their webpages.