How to apply

Careers how to applyWhen you apply for a job with us, we want to make sure that you complete the application form to the best of your ability and are fully aware of what we expect and what you need to provide.

That’s why we have provided these hints and tips here and explained what the process is. We have also given you some information about the interview process and how best to prepare for it.

Job application guidance

Once you have searched our vacancies and found a job that you would like to apply for, please read the guidance given in this document to help you complete the application form.

To apply for a job, you must complete an application form.

This ensures that everyone gives information in the same format and allows us to assess your application. Please fill in the form as fully and accurately as possible and please ensure that you complete the application form in sentence case, rather than in capital letters.

Work permits

If you need a work permit, please visit the Home Office website for information on work permits and visa status before you fill in the application form.

Disclosing information about you

We ask you to declare:

  • whether you are related to an existing member of staff
  • if you have ever been dismissed by a previous employer
  • if you have any criminal convictions.

This is to help assess your suitability for a job with us. Please answer these questions honestly. If we formally offer you a job and where jobs may involve working with patients, we will apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) on you.

Completing the application form

Fill in all parts of the application form. If some parts do not apply to you, write N/A (not applicable) in the spaces provided.

Please make sure you provide your correct email address as all our correspondence with you will be by email.

Job descriptions

Each job we advertise is based on a job description and person specification.

The job description lists the main types of duties and responsibilities of the post. The person specification outlines the skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications that you will need for the job.

Read these documents thoroughly, including the Trust values, as well as any other information provided, so you understand what the job involves and that you can match these in terms of your skills, abilities and knowledge.

We assess your application against these documents, so give examples to explain how your skills are relevant to the job you are applying for and how and where you have used them.

Provide information on any relevant experience from your present or previous jobs. You can include skills and experience gained from community or voluntary work, work experience, leisure interests and activities in the home.

Education and training

Tell us about your education and the training you have received.

Supporting information

Do not ignore the supporting information section of the form.

It is an important part of the application because you can tell us about your skills and experience.

Trust values

Our values help us to define and develop our culture, what we do and how we do it. It will be important to you as an applicant to understand and reflect these values throughout your application.

It is also important as an employee that you understand and agree with the values of our organisation and are happy working with us.

We are:

  • caring
  • aspirational
  • responsive
  • excellent

Our vision, which is what the world will look like if we get it right for our patients, is a community that supports each other to live well.

Our mission is to empower adults and children to live well, to be the best employer and to work with our partners as one.

We also have four new goals to: prevent ill health, deliver high-quality care at home and in the community, integrate services and develop sustainable services.

Your application is the only information we use when deciding who to invite for an interview. To help you get it right and make a good first impression, please read the guidance in this document.

Pay scales

Each job with us is banded at a particular level of pay. See the Agenda for Change pay scales, which show the current pay scales for each band.

References

No-one is legally obliged to provide a reference, unless there is a specific contractual agreement. So, it’s a good idea to ask permission from the people you wish to be your referees.

Make sure you have accurate contact details for them and let them know if a reference request is being sent to them. This often speeds up the process and avoids unnecessary delays to you starting your job.

You will need to give us their names, a contact address, phone number and email address. Please note that most of our communication is done by email.

One referee should be your current employer if you are in work and the other should be from a previous employer/school/college. We require three years of job history to be confirmed by referees and we will ask for at least two different references.

If you have not worked for some time or have never worked, use referees who can comment on your ability to do the job, for example a teacher, course tutor or charity organiser.

Don’t give the names of family members or friends.

Equal opportunities

Please remember to fill in the employment monitoring form, which is towards the end of the online form.

We remove this from the main application when we receive your completed form, so that staff shortlisting the applications do not see the monitoring forms. This means that when they make their decisions about who to shortlist, they will not be influenced by age, ethnicity, sexuality or any disability.

The employment monitoring form helps us to see how effective our policies on promoting equal opportunities and valuing diversity are. It is not used to decide who will be offered the job.

Disability

We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for disabled people and encouraging all people with a disability to apply for a job with us.

If you need special arrangements to get to the interview or selection test, please give us details in the space indicated on the form.

Submitting your application

Once you have completed the form, please remember to proofread it and check that you have answered each section as fully as possible.

Submit your application and keep a copy, to help you prepare if you are shortlisted for an interview.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Interview guidance

If you’ve submitted a good application, you may be invited to attend for interview. Here, we give you some tips on how to prepare for an interview and what to expect when you are interviewed.

Preparing for your interview

Do your research about our Trust and the department you are being interviewed for.

Prepare for the interview questions. Read through the job description, person specification, Trust values and your application.

The questions you are asked will relate to these documents so have a think about what you may be asked and prepare your answers in advance. You may also want to prepare some questions for the panel of your own.

What do you need to bring with you?

In your invitation to interview email you will be given a list of ID to bring with you, please ensure you bring this and show your recruiting manager.

If you are delayed for any reason, make sure you call ahead to let your interviewers know.

Switch off your mobile phone before you enter the room.

In the interview

Most of our interviews are structured, with each interviewer having a number of questions to ask. Think about how you answer your questions.

Try to keep to the point and make sure you are actually answering the question.

If you do not have relevant experience of a situation, don’t be afraid to say so. Suggest what you would do in that situation or think of another way to demonstrate your ability or the skills they are looking for. Equally if you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification.

The interviewers may ask you questions about the information you submitted on your application form. If your last role was more senior, the interviewers may want to understand why you are applying for this role or they may ask about any gaps in your employment.

Don’t forget that this is also your chance to see if the role is suitable for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, for example about the role or development prospects.

After the interview

Try to remember the questions and your responses, as this may help you to improve your performance in the future.

Whether successful or not, ask for feedback so you can learn from the experience and prepare for the next step.

Remember, if you are not successful this time, you may want to apply again, so use feedback constructively.

Outcome of interview

After the interviewers have considered their notes and any assessment results, they will decide who to appoint.

Your provisional offer

If you are successful, you will receive a phonecall with a provisional, informal offer. Assuming you wish to take the role, you will receive a formal provisional offer. We will send you an email letter with a number of electronic forms to complete and to be sent back electronically (where possible). A paper letter will also be sent.

We may also need you to provide some documents and we will seek references, explained later in this document.

Your start date

We cannot agree a starting date with you until we have your references and have completed the NHS Employment check standards.

If you are in work, we advise that you do not hand in your notice until a formal offer has been made. Your start date will be set in line with our corporate induction programme, which runs twice a month.

What we will ask for

References – we will contact the people listed as referees on your application. We require at least two satisfactory references, covering at least your last three years of employment. If a reference is not positive, it is up to you to establish that the information they have provided is misleading or that your previous employer was negligent in giving such a reference. If you can prove this and the reference harms your employability, you should seek legal advice.

Disclosure and Barring Service and occupational health clearance – you will be emailed these two forms to complete online.