Applying for a job

Job Application

Most applications are completed through the TRAC jobs website.

The first step to completing your application will be registering with TRAC. This is quick, simple and once you have registered you can quickly search and apply for jobs online.

Once you have found the position you would like to apply for you can fill in your application online. After submitting one application, you can save your details at any time to come back to it later. You can re-use the same form as the basis for other positions you want to apply for.

Remember to tailor your application to the vacancy, read the job description and person specification and make it obvious to the Recruiting Manager why your education, personal qualities and work experience are relevant to the job they have advertised.

It is essential that you complete the application form in full, providing any additional information if necessary, as your application will be passed to the Recruiting Manager for the shortlisting process.

The Interview

Once a vacancy has closed, applications undergo a fair and accurate shortlisting process. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites are sent out via email through the TRAC website where you are able to confirm your attendance.

The interview panel will consist of at least two people, one of which may be a service user (involvement representative), and in some cases you may be required to give a short presentation or take a test. All of this information will be provided in your invitation to interview.

If you are invited to interview and have any specific requirements that we should know about for the interview, please contact us as soon as possible.

How should I prepare for my interview?

  • Read the job description / person specification.
  • Be prepared to discuss your current / previous job.
  • Be prepared to discuss the information in your application.
  • Be prepared to explain any gaps in employment and anything else which may need putting into context e.g. a criminal conviction
  • Prepare specific examples to demonstrate you have what it takes to do the job. Good candidates are able to discuss their achievements and reflect on experiences which haven’t been so successful in terms of what was learnt.
  • Think about your motivation; why do you want this job at this Trust.

NELFT Assessment

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. Therefore, all applicants are required to undertake a 45 minute assessment which will test these skills.

For those undertaking nurse prescribing or the prescribing of medication they will be required to undertake the literacy and medication assessment.

You can find example questions to help you familiarise yourself with what to expect via the link below

NELFT assessment sample questions [pdf] 365KB ​​

Job Offer

If successful at interview, you will be contacted by the recruiting manager and we will send you a provisional offer letter outlining the details of the role.

Pre-employment checks

Our ability to recruit and retain staff of the highest calibre in all areas is crucial to our on-going ability to safeguard our patients and offer the best possible care. To this end, our recruitment processes are carried out with strict adherence to the NHS Employment Check Standards on:

  • Verification of identity checks - these checks must be undertaken on all new employees to the Trust. The list of documents which are acceptable for this purpose differs from those that can be accepted for CRB and Asylum and Immigration purposes
  • Right to work checks - the Trust has a legal obligation to ensure that staff we employ are legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom. Original document must be seen in order to verify this.
  • Professional registration and qualification checks- where qualifications are a requirement of the post we will either take copies of certificates or a check of the relevant professional registration website will be undertaken.
  • Employment history and reference checks - reference checks must cover the successful candidates previous three years of employment, training or education period.
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check - all new employees to the Trust must have a new DBS check undertaken. Internal candidates may require a renewed check if they are starting a new role within the Trust. Original documentation must be seen to carry out this check.
  • Occupational health checks - all external candidates are required to have occupational health clearance through Optima Health. An internal candidate may also require a renewed check.

Once all the pre-employment clearances have been satisfactorily obtained, a suitable start date can be agreed.

Starting your new job

Once all of the pre-employment checks are complete, a start date can be agreed with the recruiting manager. You will then be issued with a contract letter confirming the date of appointment to the new post.

Your new manager will get in contact with you to arrange where to go on your first day as well, as who you should report to and what time to arrive.

You will be invited to attend a corporate induction day which will include a meet and greet event with senior trust managers