This document has been prepared to complement existing guidance provided by the Department of Health and NHS Employers in relation to pandemic influenza planning.  It answers the frequently asked questions and, wherever possible, directs readers to more substantive guidance already in existence.

Both the Department of Health and NHS Employers websites have extensive guidance that has been prepared to assist employers, practitioners, and members of the public.

The Government and the NHS have been working with employers, regulatory bodies and trades unions to ensure that, if there may be an urgent need to recruit additional temporary staff, the necessary legislative and practical arrangements are in place. This document summarises the agreed arrangements on issues such as re-registration, professional indemnity and pre-employment checks. This will enable local employers to quickly recruit appropriately qualified health professionals if they should be needed.