North London Partners in health and care

Flexible redeployment enables pandemic response


NCL’s integrated care system, and across the capital, health and care services are under considerable pressure due to Covid-19. We are incredibly appreciative of the amazing efforts of our staff who have already been redeployed or worked flexibly, allowing us to respond to the pandemic.

With pressures set to continue over the next few weeks, we now need to call on more health and care staff to work temporarily in different roles, while health and care services respond to facilitate rapid redeployment of staff to where they are most needed. To support this work we have created a redeployment hub.

NCL Deployment Hub

The NCL Deployment Hub has been operational since Saturday 9 January to facilitate the safe transfer and deployment of staff to support Covid-19 system pressures, the vaccination programme and recovery. The hub will provide a streamlined approach to system-wide calls for clinical, non-clinical and support staff across the health and care sector.

The hub was established by NCL Director of Workforce, David Grantham and NCL Lead Nurse Chris Caldwell and co-led by Kate Wilson, Deputy HR Director at Whittington Health and Claire Johnston, NCL CCG board nurse. The hub brings together a small team of workforce, logistics, technical and clinical personnel from the ICS, CCG and providers to ensure its smooth operation and effective delivery at pace.

The hub has already placed clinical and non-clinical staff including GPs, practice nurses, administrative and former staff, with some expected to start new roles this week. Urgent spot deployment has also taken place to meet night and other cover, for example at the Royal Free where there are acute nursing shortages. The flow of staff is expected to increase rapidly as the hub moves to full operational capacity and commences promotional activity.

The hub is working alongside established specialist trust staff deployment arrangements being led by Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) and Moorfields Eye Hospital, working closely with their leads. Any existing bilateral agreements between providers which are working well will also continue, adopting hub processes as needed. 

It is hoped that Covid deployment, despite its challenges, will provide positive experiences for staff, including opportunities for our staff to develop their careers, through exposing them to alternative health and care settings.

Through the hub, the ICS is able to test at scale truly integrated partnering across the system, contributing to the longer-term ambition for a fully integrated workforce, able to transfer seamlessly between health and care.

Contact the hub

You can contact the hub at nlphc.redeploymenthub@nhs.net. Any staff wishing to offer themselves for redeployment should in the first instance speak with their line manager and/or local HR lead.