Help to apply
Read our step by step recruitment guide. We’ll keep you informed at every stage of the process by email or telephone.
Help to apply
We want to ensure all of our candidates have a good experience when applying for roles at the Trust.
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It’s always helpful to find out as much as you can before you fill out an application form. Every job advert includes a detailed job description and a person specification, so you can see if the role is right for you. You’ll always find a named member of staff who you can contact for more information at the bottom of our job adverts.
Applying for a role
At the bottom of each online job advert you’ll see an ‘apply online now’ button.This will direct you to either an application form or CV application (for certain roles, you can now complete a short application form and attach a CV and cover letter).
You’ll be asked to register an account if you do not have one already. If you are completing an application form, you will need to enter your personal details, qualifications, employment history, contacts for references and also a supporting statement explaining why you’re suited to the role. If you are submitting a CV application, you will also need to enter your personal details and contact information on a short application form.
Think carefully about the references you use. If you’re successful we will contact them after we have made an offer of employment. Please provide up to date contact details, including work email addresses, and ensure at least one of your referees is your current or previous employer.
We encourage you to spell check your application before submitting it.
Make sure you submit your application before the closing deadline. The deadline appears in the job advert. It’s best to submit your application as early possible; sometimes we close job adverts early if we have received a sufficient number of applications. For more advice you can read our “further guidance for applicant’s” document.
For more advice read further guidance for applications
Assessing your application
It may take us a few days to check your application and shortlist candidates. If you have been shortlisted, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you are through to the next stage in the recruitment process. We encourage you to check both your inbox and junk mail folder regularly. Emails from our automated system are sometimes held in e-mail junk folders.
If you have not heard from us within two weeks, please assume your application has not been successful. We recommend that you keep looking for further opportunities on our website.
Sometimes we ask our candidates to complete certain tests or online assessments as part of the short-listing process.
If your application is successful, you will receive an automated email, and if you’ve supplied a mobile telephone number you will also be sent a text message. You’ll be asked to log into the RECRUIT applicant tracking system to book an interview. Interviews are at pre-allocated times. Interviews are offered on a first come first served basis, so if you would like an early time slot it is best to book as soon as possible. Please contact us if you’re unable to make a particular time. If you fail to book your interview you will receive automated reminders to do so.
You’ll be asked to upload your ID document on such as a passport, driving licence or EU card, as well as two proofs of address documents and your qualification certificates onto the RECRUIT applicant tracking system.
Once you’ve booked your interview slot you will be sent an automated email with all of the necessary information for the day. Please read your interview invitation carefully. Check the location and time.
Sometimes we ask candidates to prepare a presentation for their interview.
Prior to your interview, you will be asked to upload your ID documents (e.g. passport, driving license or EU card, two proof of address documents and qualification certificates) to the RECRUIT applicant tracking system. You will also be asked to bring your ID documents to your interview so we can verify your identification, proof of address and right to work.
At your interview you’ll be met by an interview panel, normally two to three members of staff. Ensure you’re smartly dressed, arrive promptly and announce your arrival.
During the interview you’ll be given an opportunity to ask questions, so that you can find out more about the role and our organisation.
Interview and selection days
All of our interview use value-based questions based our Trust values - kind, collaborative, aspirational and expert. Read more about our values.
If you have applied for a Band 5 nursing role, you will be asked to complete a drug calculation test and attend an interview. If you have applied for a Healthcare assistant role, you will be asked to attend an interview. You will be asked to complete online literacy and numeracy tests prior to the interview.
We may ask applicants for some administrative and clerical roles to attend an interview and assessment day.
Receiving an offer of employment
If you have been successful following an interview and assessment day, we usually make an offer on the same day. This is a conditional offer based on pre-employment checks that include suitable references, ID and right to work checks, qualifications and an occupational health clearance.
If have been successful following an interview at one of our hospitals sites, we aim to get back to you in approximately three working days. You will usually receive a telephone call from the recruiting manager and also an electronic offer letter and contract. The offer will be subject to pre-employment clearances.
If you accept the offer of employment, you will be asked to complete a set of forms; an occupational health form, a payroll form and an electronic DBS electronic (if applicable).
We will request your references at this stage therefore it would be advisable to let your referees know that we will be contacting them so that they can respond as soon as possible. If you do not currently work in the NHS, you will be asked to provide two references.
The process may take slightly longer if you’re relocating from overseas, or if you’re based in the UK but do not currently work for the NHS.
We will send you contact details so that you can contact the Trust if you have any questions during this time.
Once we’ve completed all of your pre-employment clearances we will contact you to confirm your start date. You’ll then receive your contract of employment and you will be booked onto our induction programme. We will also let you know about the statutory mandatory training you’ll need to complete when you first start.
Confirming your start date
Once we’ve completed all of your pre-employment clearances we will contact you to confirm your start date. You will be booked onto our induction programme. We will also let you know about the statutory mandatory training you’ll need to complete when you first start.
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