We are the NHS reserve team.
We are taking registrations now.

Have a look at the type of people who have already joined our reservist team. 

Retired worker

Lifestyle 

Enjoying retirement and planning an upcoming holiday abroad.

Health and care experience

None. 

Becoming a reservist works for me because...

...it's a commitment I can keep to and I feel I can make a difference even in a small way.

What I love most about being a reservist...

...is meeting other people at a similar stage in life who also want to learn something new.

Full-time worker

Lifestyle

An adminstrator who works at a bank and has two young children.

Health and care experience 

None.

Becoming a reservist works for me because...

...I get the chance to do something completely different from my usual work and learn new skills.

What I love most about being a reservist is...

...being able to give back in a structured way - I can plan out my whole year of service days.

Clinical student

Lifestyle

Mid-way through a dentistry degree

Health and care experience 

Some experience through clinical placements.

Becoming a reservist works for me because...

...I get to experience a broader range of roles and tasks that fit alongside my studies.  

What I love most about being a reservist is...

...getting additional experience that will reflect well in future job applications.

Past NHS employee

Lifestyle

Working part-time in retail but still feels attached to the health sector. 

Health and care experience 

Previously worked as a nurse but left for another opportunity. 

Becoming a reservist works for me because...

...I can get back into a clinical environment and maintain my skills while thinking about rejoining the NHS. 

What I love most about being a reservist is...

...rebuilding my confidence in a supportive programme while working to re-register and maintain my registration.

Unemployed person

Lifestyle

Made redundant and searching for a new role, perhaps in a new field. 

Health and care experience 

None. 

Becoming a reservist works for me because...

...I dont want to make a commitment to a new field without giving it a go and this gives me a chance to test out health and care. 

What I love most about being a reservist is...

...being part of a small and friendly community that keeps in touch and really cares.

Career changer

Lifestyle

An always on the go software developer searching for a more fulfilling role. 

Health and care experience 

None. 

Becoming a reservist works for me because...

...it's a chance to test out what working in the NHS would be like, before I make a commitment. 

What I love most about being a reservist is...

...being able to learn new skills and using them to make a difference to someone's care. 

Young person

Lifestyle

Studying for A-levels with a desire to train as a paramedic.

Health and care experience 

None. 

Becoming a reservist works for me because...

...I want to be confident in my degree choice and I get to experience what working in the NHS is like alongside my studies.

What I love most about being a reservist is...

...getting to learn new skills that carry responsibility and earning a little money along the way.

  • A reservist is someone who is passionate about patient care, working with diverse teams and can help the NHS during peak times and emergencies.

    You may be a former healthcare professional or even working in healthcare outside the NHS with limited healthcare experience. You may even be currently working as part of a vaccination team or hub and keen to continue supporting your local clinic or hospital.

    You might be considering a career change and interested in a NHS career. Becoming a reservist is a great way to experience the range of NHS career opportunities that suits your lifestyle and circumstances.

    As an NHS reservist you'll be part of a paid, flexible yet reliable workforce who will be given thorough training relevant to your role. This forms part of a comprehensive induction process and will prepare you to support your local hospital, health clinic or GP surgery.

  • The roles will differ and depend on the help needed and roles available at your local NHS organisation.  Those currently working as NHS reserves have been supporting COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, helping to run hospital wards, providing administrative support to wards, or supporting basic patient feeding and hydration.

    Your local trust will work with you to provide relevant training modules as part of your induction.

    There will also be administrative and support roles on offer such as ward clerking, stewarding patients in busy clinics, replenishing linens and protective equipment, and receiving supplies to wards and clinics. These roles are as equally important to support our front-line clinical colleagues to deliver great patient care.

    No matter what your role, you will be part of a reservist community, working with like minded people, undertaking meaningful work and helping patients in your local community. You'll also support our permanent clinical staff who could be your friends, neighbours and former colleagues.

  • Reserves will be required to fulfil a specific number of days per year for training and working as a reserve. The number of days will vary by trust but it will be approximately 30 days per year.

  • NHS teams are gathering expressions of interest from people interested in becoming an NHS reservist. You will be notified by your local NHS team when recruitment will start in your preferred area of work. Please note the response may not be immediate.

    Role opportunities are dependent on local staffing requirements which will differ across regions and smaller hospitals and clinics may have fewer requirements.

    Register your interest now.

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