The HSC Workforce Appeal which was designed to boost Northern Ireland’s health and social care workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic has been shortlisted for a fourth UK-wide award.

The Department of Health and Healthdaq® (formerly known as HealthSectorTalent®) have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Laing Buisson Awards 2020 for Outstanding Response to COVID in Healthcare Award.

The award recognises excellent communication, early responses, adapting to and overcoming challenges during the pandemic including the turnaround of a challenging situation in healthcare.

The HSC Workforce Appeal received 3,323 clinical applications, including 123 doctors and 100 nurses who had left or retired from service making themselves available for employment within the health and social care sector.

Of the over 3,000 clinical applications 509 have been appointed and 121 have been given offers. A total of 863 individuals have now been appointed while another 145 offers have been made and a further 658 are ready to be deployed if required.

The Department of Health and Healthdaq has also been shortlisted for the Personnel Today Awards for Excellence in Public Sector HR and Innovation in Recruitment, while Healthdaq has been shortlisted as a Finalist for Resourcing Supplier of the Year for their work in designing, building and managing the campaign.