Most recruitment processes at the Trust are as follows but can vary when specialist or cohort recruitment takes place, at which point alternative application instructions will be given as part of the application process.
Applying for your role
All our roles are advertised on both our recruitment website and on the national NHS Jobs website. On both websites, you’ll need to complete an application form to apply for your chosen role. All application forms are completed and submitted electronically.
Be sure to include a full account of your professional working history and educational achievements. Pay really close attention to the job description and person specification to ensure your application remains relevant to the role you are applying for.
All applications forms are shortlisted in exactly the same way by using the person specification in order to score your application. For example, if the person specification states you should have ‘a degree level qualification’ in the essential criteria and you have stated this in your application form, you will receive the maximum points for that part of your application. The highest scoring candidates will then be invited to interview.
If you’ve been successfully shortlisted, you will be invited for assessment and interview. Depending on the nature of the role, this may take place as a panel interview or an assessment centre could be held. Both processes could involve multiple assessments of your capabilities from both a competency point of view – your skills, and from a behavioural point of view – your values-based behaviours. The interview helps us identify if the candidates have the right skills and behaviours for the role which will ultimately benefit our patients.
Offer of employment
If you’ve been successful at interview, you will be formally offered the role on a conditional basis. This means you’ll need to be cleared through our employment checks. Once cleared you’ll be issued with your unconditional offer of employment. It’s at this point you can hand your notice in with your current employer. Typical employment checks include:
- DBS check – this checks your criminal record
- Reference checks – this checks your last three years of employment history
- ID check and Right to Work – this confirms your identity and your ability to work within the UK
- Qualification checks – we will check your qualifications listed in your application form
- Occupational health – ensuring all your vaccinations are up-to-date as well as support you with any health-related needs.
Starting your new role
Prior to starting your new role, your manager will invite you to meet your team. On arrival you will start your local induction process which is designed to ensure you get off to the best start. This will include all relevant training on hospital-based systems and processes as well as a wider introduction to the organisation and the colleagues you will be working with throughout your career.