Your recruitment journey
Read our step by step recruitment guide. We’ll keep you informed at every stage of the process by email or telephone.
Your recruitment journey
We want to ensure all of our candidates have a good experience when applying for roles at the Trust.
View our vacancies
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 our online application form.
For ease, we recommend you use a laptop or desktop computer with a broadband connection, rather than a mobile phone or tablet, when completing your application.
You’ll be asked to register an account if you do not have one already. 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.
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 applicants document.
Assessing your application
It may take us a few days to check your application and shortlist candidates. We will contact you by email to confirm if 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 marked as junk.
If you’ve 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.
If your application is successful, you will be contacted by email, and if you’ve supplied a mobile telephone number you will also be sent a text message. You’ll be asked to log back into your application account 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.
Once you’ve booked your interview slot you will be sent an email with all of the necessary information for the day. Please read your interview invitation carefully. Check the location and time.
Sometimes we ask our candidates to complete certain tests, online assessments or prepare a presentation before their interview.
You’ll be asked to bring along an ID document such as a passport, driving licence or EU card, as well as two proofs of address documents and your qualification certificates. The interview panel may take a copy of these documents during the interview, so that you do not have to return to the Trust at a later stage to undertake a new starter appointment.
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
If you’ve applied for a band 5 nurse role or a band 2 or3 healthcare assistant role you’ll be asked to attend an interview and selection days. Here nurses will be asked to complete a drug calculation test, and interview. Healthcare assistants will be interviewed, and asked to complete an online literacy and numeracy test before they arrive.
We may ask applicants for some administrative and clerical roles to attend an interview and selection day.
Receiving an offer of employment
After your interview we aim to give you feedback as quickly as possible, normally we will send you an email.
If you’ve been invited to an interview and selection day, and you’re successful we will 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 you’ve attended an interview at one of our hospitals and you’re successful we will get back to you in approximately three working days. You’ll normally receive a telephone call from the recruiting manager, and also an electronic conditional offer letter. The conditional offer is subject to pre-employment clearances.
Everyone will be asked to complete a set of forms, including an occupational health form, a payroll form and a when applicable a DBS electronic form.
Once we’ve sent you your offer of employment we will request your references so at this stage it would be advisable to let your referees know that we will be contacting them so that they can respond as soon as possible.
You’ll also be asked to book yourself in for a new starter appointment if you’ve not already provided all of your original documents at the interview stage. Please do this as soon as possible.
Our application system will identify any missing information in your application, so please keep an eye on your email and respond quickly to any requests.
This 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.
Confirming your start date
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.
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