NHS staff numbers to receive a 38,000 boost

More than 38,000 former healthcare professionals and soon-to-be qualified students could join the fight against Covid-19 in the coming weeks, the Government has said.

A total of 15,266 former staff – including 5,117 doctors, 5,605 nurses and midwives and 3,686 pharmacists and other professionals – responded to the "Your NHS Needs You" recruitment drive.

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Staff from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital join in a national applause for the NHS as people across the country showed their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Handout photo of the screens in London's Piccadilly Circus saluting local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative to applaud NHS workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic, when landmarks across the UK will be lit blue.
Heidi, Megan and Evan French of St Johns Avenue in Syston, Leicestershire joins in nationwide show of support for the NHS with 'Clap For Our Carers'
Residents of St Johns Avenue in Syston, Leicestershire join in nationwide show of support for the NHS with 'Clap For Our Carers'
Jane Turner of St Johns Avenue in Syston, Leicestershire joins in nationwide show of support for the NHS with 'Clap For Our Carers'
Heidi and Megan French of St Johns Avenue in Syston, Leicestershire joins in nationwide show of support for the NHS with 'Clap For Our Carers'
Residents of St Johns Avenue in Syston, Leicestershire join in nationwide show of support for the NHS with 'Clap For Our Carers'
Residents of St Johns Avenue in Syston, Leicestershire join in nationwide show of support for the NHS with 'Clap For Our Carers'
RETRANSMITTING AMENDING LOCATION People in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
The P&O cruise ship Aurora off the White Cliffs of Dover spells NHS in lights, as peope join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
RETRANSMITTING AMENDING LOCATION People in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
The P&O cruise ship Aurora off the White Cliffs of Dover spells NHS in lights, as people join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, - MARCH 26: The Wembley arena is lit up thanking the NHS on March 26, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, - MARCH 26: The Wembley arch is lit up in blue thanking the NHS on March 26, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, - MARCH 26: Wembley way is seen thanking the NHS on March 26, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, - MARCH 26: Barbara Leigh, aged 93, (second left) rings a bell for the NHS, with her family who are all staying together throughout the lockdown, from their front garden across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A police officer joins staff from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in a national applause for the NHS as people across the country showed their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Staff from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital join in a national applause for the NHS as people across the country showed their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Staff outside the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, east London, during the national applause for the NHS, from people's doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of the public take to balconies for a period of applause in Glasgow, Scotland on March 26, 2020, as a sign of public admiration for the National Health Service (NHS). - Hospital bosses and doctors on Thursday warned of being swamped with a "tsunami" of COVID-19 patients in London, as Britain braced for a peak in cases and the government faced calls to urgently provide specialist kit and tests for frontline health workers. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, - MARCH 26: People applaud the NHS from their balconies and gardens across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, - MARCH 26: People applaud the NHS from their balconies and gardens across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, - MARCH 26: People applaud the NHS from their balconies and gardens across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, - MARCH 26: People applaud the NHS from their balconies and gardens across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People step out into the street for a period of applause in Blackpool, north-west England on March 26, as a sign of public admiration for the National Health Service (NHS). - Hospital bosses and doctors on Thursday warned of being swamped with a "tsunami" of COVID-19 patients in London, as Britain braced for a peak in cases and the government faced calls to urgently provide specialist kit and tests for frontline health workers. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
People step out into the street for a period of applause in Blackpool, north-west England on March 26, as a sign of public admiration for the National Health Service (NHS). - Hospital bosses and doctors on Thursday warned of being swamped with a "tsunami" of COVID-19 patients in London, as Britain braced for a peak in cases and the government faced calls to urgently provide specialist kit and tests for frontline health workers. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Residents of the Tulse Hill Estate in South London come out onto their balconies to applaud NHS staff fighting the virus on March 26, 2020 in London, England. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Residents of the Tulse Hill Estate in South London come out onto their balconies to applaud NHS staff fighting the virus on March 26, 2020 in London, England. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: The SSE Hydro is lit up blue for NHS staff for all their hard work during the outbreak on March 26, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
People in Woodford Green, London, join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
People in flats opposite the St James's University Hospital in Leeds, join in a national applause for the NHS from their balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
RETRANSMITTING ADDING BYLINE People pause in the street in Wapping Wharf, Bristol, come out onto their balconies to join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
RETRANSMITTING ADDING BYLINE People in Wapping Wharf, Bristol, come out onto their balconies to join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Staff outside the St James's University Hospital in Leeds, wave to people applauding them from their balconies, during the national applause for the NHS, from people's doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
SALTBURN BY THE SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Residents in Saltburn By The Sea come out of their homes to hold a mass applause to show support for NHS staff and front line medical workers as the UK adjusts to life under the Coronavirus pandemic on March 26, 2020 in Saltburn By The Sea, United Kingdom. Organisers of Clap for our Carers have asked the public to show their appreciation for the doctors, nurses, GPs, emergency workers and pharmacists involved in helping care for those affected by Covid-19 and other sick patients. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to at least 198 countries, claiming over 21,000 lives and infecting more than 470,000 people. There have now been 9,529 diagnosed cases in the UK and 465 deaths. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SALTBURN BY THE SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Residents in Saltburn By The Sea come out of their homes to hold a mass applause to show support for NHS staff and front line medical workers as the UK adjusts to life under the Coronavirus pandemic on March 26, 2020 in Saltburn By The Sea, United Kingdom. Organisers of Clap for our Carers have asked the public to show their appreciation for the doctors, nurses, GPs, emergency workers and pharmacists involved in helping care for those affected by Covid-19 and other sick patients. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to at least 198 countries, claiming over 21,000 lives and infecting more than 470,000 people. There have now been 9,529 diagnosed cases in the UK and 465 deaths. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 10 Downing Street, London, joining in with a national applause for the NHS to show appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Nick and Karen Giddens and their dog Macy in Leicester join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND- MARCH 26: Residents in a Northampton street applaud in support of the NHS on March 26, 2020 in Northampton, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Members of the public clap outside their homes on March 26, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
NHS staff respond as people in Blackpool join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND- MARCH 26: Residents in a Northampton street applaud in support of the NHS on March 26, 2020 in Northampton, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Mia Wilson aged 12 from Long Eaton, Derbyshire joins in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Scott Wilson/PA Images via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND- MARCH 26: Residents in a Northampton street applaud in support of the NHS on March 26, 2020 in Northampton, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, - MARCH 26: 'MV Ventura', a Grand-class cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet, docked at Southampton Docks shows its support for the NHS by lighting up rooms on the cruise ship to spell '#I LOVE NHS' on March 26, 2020 in Various Cities, United Kingdom. The "Clap For Our Carers" campaign has been encouraging people across the U.K to take part in the nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS as they tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coronavirus pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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Next week, 5,750 final year medics and 17,000 final year nursing students in England will also be asked to consider starting frontline placements, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.

The DHSC said young recruits would receive "appropriate support" in their new roles.

It added that in the last year the number of nurses in the NHS has increased by 9,398 to 289,810, while the number of doctors has risen by 5,188 over the same period.

Meanwhile, more than half a million people signed up for the NHS volunteer programme in less than 24 hours this week, prompting the Government to increase the target to 750,000.

Volunteers have been asked to provide telephone support to those left anxious and isolated, community support such as delivering shopping and medication, and transport for those who need to be moved.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "I'm so proud that since our rallying call, 38,000 more people will join or return to the NHS as health and care workers on the frontline fighting Covid-19.

"Our NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge and I pay tribute to each and every one of them helping battle this virus.

"The entire country is grateful but we must help them too. That's why we are telling everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."

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