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▶   How to apply

You can apply for all our vacancies via NHS Jobs. We often advertise on other websites and in journals or publications. They will usually ask you to apply via NHS Jobs, or occasionally we may use a Search & Selection company to receive applications.

▶   On-line application

The NHS Jobs system enables you to make an on-line application. You can register and then login as many times as you like while you are working on your application (remember to save your work when you logout). The person specification for the vacancy shows the skills and experience that you will need to do the job, you can use the personal statement section to demonstrate your skills and experience that match the job, and you may wish to outline your reasons for applying. You can also attach a CV or supporting statement if you wish. When you choose Submit, your application will then be available to the Trust for shortlisting and you will be able to view your application, but will not be able to make any other changes on-line. If you realise that there is an error on your form, contact the Recruitment Team on 01784 884383/4381.

▶   Late Applications

You should make sure you have submitted your application by the closing date, as we only accept late applications in exceptional circumstances. If you anticipate that you may need to make a late application, then please contact the Recruitment Team before the closing date to consider if it can be accepted.

▶   Early closing

Some of our vacancies receive high numbers of applications and we may close the vacancy early when we have reached a maximum number of applications eg 50 or 60 applications. If we are likely to do this then it will be stated on the advert, and you are advised to submit your application as early as possible.

▶   Applying for multiple posts

You can recall your application details in NHS Jobs and use them to apply for another post for up to 6 months. This saves you from having to re-type your information such as education and qualifications each time you apply for a job, although it is advisable to ensure your application relates to the vacancy you are applying for, especially your personal statement.


How we look after your information

When you have submitted your application, the information becomes available to the Recruitment Team, Recruiting Manager and other members of the Interview Panel for shortlisting and interview. We will use a secure login to access the information and will not use your information for any other purpose than your application and employment with the Trust.

▶   Contacting you

We will use the email address on your application to communicate with you. You might find it useful to mark the NHS jobs email to accept emails from or as some email servers can send it to the Spam folder. If you don’t have an email address, make sure we have your phone number and we’ll communicate with you by phone.

▶   Equality and Diversity

Our duty under the Race Equality Scheme is to monitor our performance as an employer to ensure we are providing equal and fair access to recuritment, employment, promotion and training for all staff and applicants. In order to do this we need to monitor the age, gender, ethnicity, religion, marital status, and sexual preference, by using the information we receive from applicants and staff. For this purpose we will never present or publish information that can identify an individual, our reports show trends and groups. You can see our latest Equality and Diversity report here.



We aim to include the Interview Date in all our adverts so that you can plan to be available for interview if you are shortlisted. The Recruiting Manager and Interview panel will assess your application against the person specification and if your skills, qualification and experience are a good match then you will be invited to the next stage: the interview.

You can track your application via the NHS Jobs website.

Shortlisting usually takes place 3-4 days after the vacancy closing date, although there may be occasions due to operational reasons when it is later than this. If there is a signfiicant delay the Recruitment team will keep you informed.


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