COVID-19 has been the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS.
The response of current NHS staff and those who have come forward to help out – whether the tens of thousands of former staff and students, or the hundreds of thousands of volunteers – has been nothing short of inspirational, and played a major role in the first phase of the pandemic.
At the same time as pulling out all the stops to ensure everyone who needed care has been able to get it, NHS people have also contributed to the important global effort to develop safe and effective vaccines for the virus, working closely with research partners.
While we don’t yet know which vaccines will be approved for use and when, the NHS is preparing extensively to begin delivering them as soon as we are able to.
This will be a huge task. The NHS has agreed a contract with GPs to ensure we benefit from their vast experience in delivering immunisations, but vaccinating millions of people as quickly as possible – at the same time as keeping other vital services going – will require lots more staff.
Can you help?
To help ensure that the NHS in Leeds is able to deliver a large-scale vaccination programme without significantly impacting on other vital services, we will be recruiting to a variety of roles, including vaccinators, health care assistants and administrators, while also working with partners to build a bank of volunteers who can support vaccine services. We are working with the universities in Leeds to give students a direct opportunity to get involved with the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed the law to allow a wider group of staff to undertake training to deliver vaccines. This includes many allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and dental staff, as well as other individuals with appropriate first aid training, who are able to undertake additional comprehensive training; so, combined with the support roles required, opportunities for flexible, paid roles are open to lots of people. In Leeds we are really keen to help students in the city, as well as recent graduates, gain valuable experience that will help you in your careers. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
As well as paid roles we will be calling on volunteers to help us. We will work with our universities in Leeds and other community and voluntary groups.
In all cases, full training and appropriate supervision and personal protective equipment will be available to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and patients.
Then please see the roles we will be recruiting to:
If you are interested in applying for one of the above roles as part of the Leeds COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce, please complete the application form via your university’s direct link.
Please note, applications for the Volunteer Usher roles are very welcome, but will not be processed until the middle of January 2021, so please do not expect to hear back before then.