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The professions helping to fight Covid-19: Nurses, healthcare assistants and more

Posted on: 13 Jul

When we think of essential workers helping during the pandemic, many of us will conjure up images of doctors working around the clock or police officers helping to keep us all safe. However, there are plenty more professions that have contributed to the fight against Covid-19 and will continue to do so long into the future. From nurse advisors and paramedics through to healthcare assistants, find out more about the professionals working hard to help during these uncertain times.

Nurses and nurse advisors

Nurses have been on the frontline of the coronavirus battle, fighting every day to keep patients alive and improve their chances of recovery. They may not always get the same recognition and appreciation as doctors do, but their tenacity throughout the crisis has helped to create more awareness of the vital work they do. More than 7,000 former nurses and midwives in the UK answered a call to return to the profession to help out in the midst of the crisis, and we saw nurses go above and beyond the call of duty to provide exceptional care to the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve needed it.

Nurse advisors have also been hard at work over the past few months, working closely with the NHS and patients to improve health outcomes. We’re continuing to see many nurse advisor jobs on the market all over the UK, showing increasing demand for people with this skillset.

Healthcare assistants

Healthcare workers, assistants and phlebotomists have been working alongside their doctor and nurse colleagues throughout the pandemic. Assistants have been working directly with patients, assisting doctors and nurses to help those affected by Covid-19, while others have been supporting studies in community settings.

As with other NHS workers, some healthcare assistants and workers are among those who have returned from retirement or other roles to help during the pandemic. More than 25,000 students doctors, nurses and midwives joined their NHS colleagues to help tackle the crisis, with some taking up paid placements and others graduating early to accelerate their abilities to contribute.


Paramedics have well and truly been on the frontline of the pandemic efforts, providing vital care and transport for patients affected by Covid-19, as well as those suffering from other conditions. Like their fellow NHS workers, paramedics had to quickly get to grips with the symptoms and outcomes of the virus, knowing what to look out for and when to admit patients to hospital. This profession has one of the highest instances of exposure to the virus, with PPE essential to help protect these key workers as much as possible.

Care workers

Care workers have been in the spotlight over the past few months. Care work has long been thought of as underpaid and with a low skill level, yet people in this industry have been working long, hard hours in extreme circumstances, and with high levels of exposure themselves. Many care workers around the UK have had to self-isolate, while others have moved into care homes to ensure they do not expose the virus to their families or communities. We’ve now seen public perfection of care workers shift to the extent that most people believe they should receive a pay rise, suggesting this key area of work may be more valued in the future.

From all of us at IQVIA, thank you to all essential workers who have been helping during this pandemic.

Interested in playing your part to help during the Covid-19 pandemic? View IQVIA’s latest roles in patient-centric services (PCS) to find a role that’s right for you, whether that’s as a nurse advisor, healthcare assistant or something else entirely.