COVID-19 Support and Guidance

Athona Recruitment is continuing to operate as usual and will ensure there is no disruption to the service we provide. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date with any important messages from Athona, so please do check back regularly.

We would like to take this time to thank our candidates and clients, as well as our employees for your continued hard work in this unprecedented time.

For full information on the latest Coronavirus advice, please visit here.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Once again, thank you for everything you are doing and continue to do.

An important message to Athona Recruitment’s healthcare candidates

19th March, 2020

In this time of uncertainty during COVID-19, the country are depending on the NHS and agency staff at an increasing capacity, so we want to reassure you we are continuing to provide you full support, guidance and regular updates when they are available.

Your health and safety as always is paramount to us, however if you have any additional capacity to pick up shifts in alternative specialties, wards or locations, please do let us know. As you know, NHS hospitals are in need of extra help and support during this time so any work you can pick up is greatly appreciated.

This extends to psychiatrists who may be seeing a reduced workload and are able to work in an acute hospital setting, as well as doctors looking for long-term work closer to home so they can care for loved ones. For doctors, we’ve noticed surgery, anaesthetics, gastroenterology, rheumatology and dermatology lists and clinics are being reduced or cancelled.

Athona is seeing a daily increase in demand for doctors and nurses who specialise in:

  • Acute medicine/care
  • Accident & Emergency
  • ICU, ITU or CCU
  • Obs & Gynae

Please do not hesitate in contacting your Recruitment Consultant if you are available to work any additional shifts and please continue to update us with your availability on a regular basis.

An important message from Athona Education’s Director

19th March, 2020


In these unprecedented times I am working to provide clarity and as much information as possible to you, our candidates. Firstly, I would like to take this time to thank you for your hard-work and continuing to support education establishments in these uncertain times and I hope you and your loved ones are well.

After the statement on Wednesday, 18th March by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, I wanted to provide reassurance to you that my team and I will be doing everything possible to provide support and guidance during this challenging time. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates as and when they become available.

Right now, I know that it is an extremely difficult time for you and I want to reassure you that the Athona team will continue to be here as and when we are needed. Our team are still in the office and will continue to be, so please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Kind regards,

Jeanette Holder.