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Our recruitment approach is person-centred and designed to make it as easy as possible for you to join us.

There are suitability checks that always have to be made, and we make the process as quick as possible. If your application is taking longer than anticipated and you'd like to check the progress of your application, please contact our recruitment team.

Recruitment process
Recruitment process
How long will this take?
The job is advertised. The advertisement will appear on NHS Jobs and other suitable job sites.
Until the closing date on the job advert is reached, usually 1-2 weeks. Please check the closing date on the job advert to make sure you dont miss out.
Recruiting managers will view your application and shortlist suitable candidates.
Recruiting managers will review applications as soon as possible.
Recruiting managers will confirm the shortlist and make interview arrangements. These are generally sent through the NHS Jobs site. Unsuccessful candidates will also have their status updated via NHS Jobs.
Your status on NHS Jobs will be updated as soon as possible following the closing date - usually within a week.
Interviews will take place.  Please see our FAQs about preparing for your interview.
Within a couple of weeks of the closing date. Where possible recruiting managers will include an interview date on the advert to give you as much advance notice as possible.
Successful candidates will received a verbal conditional offer which will be followed up by email. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified and offered feedback.
Usually the same day or day after the interviews, but your formal conditional offer (in writing) can take a few extra days.
Pre employment checks - the candidate will need to complete a number of checks to meet the conditions of their employment. Please see our FAQs about pre employment checks.
We ask candidates to complete pre employment checks as soon as possible so we can get you on your way to starting in post at the earliest opportunity.
Start in post
We aim to start you in post as soon as possible following completion of pre employment checks.
Written Statement of Terms and Conditions (contract) issued
On or before your first day of work

Satisfactory occupational health clearance, evidence of identification and right to work in the UK and clearance from disclosure and barring service (DBS) (if applicable) together with satisfactory references, certificates of qualifications and professional registration (where applicable) must all be in place before starting in post.

The Trust reserves the right to retract an offer of employment should the conditions not be met.

Information for applicants with a disability

The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity for all and will not discriminate on the grounds of any disability or ill health, and that includes mental ill health.

We have a positive attitude towards employing staff who have disabilities. Our staff and potential employees are encouraged to be open about their health needs so we can offer the right support.

If you are considering applying for a post with the Trust, having a disability including current or past experience of mental health problems will not prevent you being considered, providing you fulfill the relevant criteria. We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and you can be confident we will support your health needs.

If you would like to discuss this further, in confidence, please contact any member of our recruitment team on 01226 434632 or email

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