The recruitment journey

Illustration of nurse with baby This page gives you an overview of the recruitment process and possible timescales when getting started with your career with us.

Step one - finding the right vacancy for you

Submitting an application:

  • Read the guidance on NHS Jobs about how to submit an application
  • Think about what makes you stand out and how you can highlight what makes you great
  • Ensure that you complete the application form in full and to the best of your ability
  • Make sure that your application is specific to the post you are applying for

For our latest vacancies see the NHS jobs website

Once a post has closed we ask our managers to try to shortlist within seven days.

Step two - how our interview process works

Once a post has been shortlisted we aim to give you at least ten days notice for interview if you have been successful.

The interview panel will usually be made up of at least two members from the team you will be working in and is an opportunity for us to get to know you, to understand your skills and to discuss your experience. On some occasions, we may request you attend a second or third interview.

Step three - your pre-employment checks 

If you are appointed, you will be required to undertake the following:

  • DBS Check
  • Occupational Health Check
  • Reference History
  • Qualification check  
  • Right to live and work verification

We ask you to return all required paperwork to us within seven days and will then process all required checks which usually takes around 4-6 weeks.

If you’re appointed we will issue your offer letter within two days of receiving the required paperwork.

Step four - Becoming a member of our team

The final steps:

Once you have received your final offer from us, we will liaise with your new department to arrange a start date and you will be booked onto our Trust induction so you gain a full understanding of how things work at the Trust.