Recruitment process

We aim to provide a friendly and efficient recruitment process so that posts are filled quickly by the best possible candidates. 

All our jobs are advertised on the Vacancies page and on the NHS Jobs website.

Applications will be measured on how well you meet the person specification for the job. Make sure you use strong, relevant examples in your personal statement to set you apart from other candidates.

How to apply 

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview. The interview panel will ask you questions to help them decide whether you are the best candidate for the job. This is also an opportunity for you to ask more about the role and the team.

Some interviews also include a competency test or presentation. We will let you know if this will happen at your interview.

If you are successful at the interview stage, we will contact you to make a conditional offer.

This means that we need to do some pre-employment checks to confirm the information you supplied in your application and obtain references from your previous employers or university / college.

This normally takes around XXX weeks but can sometimes take longer. It can help if you contact your referees in advance to let them know we will be asking them for a reference.

Identity check

As part of your application process you will need to verify your identity by attending an Identity Check appointment.

It is very important that you bring the correct documents with you, otherwise you will need to return on another date and repeat the ID check.

Use the online document list checker below to make sure you bring the right documents.

ID document list checker

What you need to do

You must book your appointment within two weeks of receiving your conditional offer letter.

Book your ID check appointment

Criminal record (DBS) checks

Some posts require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which will be done online.

What you need to do

You need to complete the DBS form yourself online.

You can indicate if you have a current DBS or part of the DBS update service.

The form will require details of ALL names you have used since birth, including any middle names.

You will also need to provide details of ALL addresses you have lived at over the past 5 years.

Complete the DBS check online

Occupational health

You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Declaration. If your role is clinical, you will be sent an immunisation clearance form to complete once the main declaration has been completed online.

Occupational health declaration form

Professional registration and qualifications

We will be checking your qualification and professional registration as required for the role.

What you need to do

On the day of your ID check you will also need to provide evidence of your professional registration (if applicable) and any essential qualifications (e.g. Degree/Diploma/NVQ).

Employment history and references

As part of the pre-employment checks process, we are required to verify your employment history for the last 3 years. The references will be sought from your current and/or most recent employers.

What you need to do

Make sure we have their correct contact details for references (email address for the HR Department) and tell your referees that we will be contacting them.

Right to work

It is against the law for us to employ anyone aged 16 or over who is subject to immigration controls.

What you need to do

Please ensure you bring your ‘right to work’ documents with you to your ID appointment. Your initial appointment and continuous employment is subject to possession of a valid work visa (formerly known as a work permit).

It is your responsibility to renew your work visa as required and to inform the relevant person (your line manager or the Human Resources Department) at least three months before it is due to expire.

What you need to do

You will need to complete the following payroll forms and either bring them to your ID check or send by email to your recruitment contact:

  • Employee starter form
  • DBS declaration form - model declaration
  • New starter checklist
  • New employee joiner questionnaire

Once all your pre-employment checks and references have been completed satisfactorily, we will send you a formal unconditional offer of employment and agree a start date.

Corporate induction

Every new member of staff must attend the corporate induction. This is a great introduction to the trust and covers the key statutory and mandatory training required for your role.

You will have a secondary induction once you start work, which will vary according to your job.

The induction may be your first day at work, but some staff may start part way through the month, in which case you will attend the next induction. 

Probationary period

All posts are subject to a three-month probationary period to make sure the job is the right fit for you. During this time, your line manager will offer plenty of support to help you settle into your new job and meet the required standards.

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