Information for applicants

Our Recruitment Process

Basic outline of the recruitment process

The below information provides applicants with a simple breakdown of the process by which our Trust recruits to vacancies.


Our vacancies are published on our Trust website ( and the NHS Jobs Web Site (,

Anyone interested in applying for a vacancy should carefully read the advert, job description and person specification for the position to determine whether or not they are suitable for the role.


Applications are submitted to the Recruitment Department via NHS Jobs (paper applications can be provided if necessary, but we do not accept CVs).


Once the deadline for applications passes, the advert is removed from public view (NB. Some vacancies have a 'variable' deadline, meaning that they are closed to new applications when a certain number have been received). Any applications submitted for the position after this time are not accepted.


The recruitment department sends the applications that have been received to be reviewed locally by the Recruiting Manager. All applications are sent on to departments without the 'Personal details' or 'Monitoring information' sections.


Applications are reviewed against the job description and person specification to produce a shortlist.


Candidates are notified via e-mail whether or not they have been shortlisted


Successfully shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an interview, where their performance will be scored against criteria relating to the person specification for that vacancy. Some vacancies may require candidates to take a test or make a presentation.


The preferred candidate is made a conditional offer. Unsuccessful candidates are advised of the outcome of their interviews.


Pre-employment checks are carried out by the Recruitment Team. This will include checking professional registration (if required for the role), references, Right to Work, ID checks, Occupational Health checks and DBS checks (if required for the role)


On successful completion of the checks, an unconditional offer letter is sent to the successful candidate and a start date is agreed.