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Completing the application form

Your application

Once you have searched our vacancies| and found a job you would like to apply for, read all the guidance on this page carefully.

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 in a standard way. Please fill in the form as fully and accurately as possible.

We will not take into account any previous applications that you have sent us or anything we already know about you.

  • 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.  

    Where jobs may involve working with patients or having access to information like medical records, if we formally offer you a job, we will apply for a Criminal Records Bureau check 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.

    Our Trust values are:

    • put patients first
    • take pride in what we do
    • respect others
    • strive to be the best
    • act with integrity.

    Our values and behaviours framework| (PDF 34Kb) describes what it means for every one of us in the Trust to put our values into action. The framework has four levels. The red page applies to everyone. The blue, green and orange pages add on the behaviours required as levels of responsibility increase.

    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 on this page.

  • Pay scales 

    Each job with us is banded at a particular level of pay. See the pay scales chart (PDF 112Kb), which shows the current pay scales for each band.

  • References 

    No one is legally obliged to provide a reference, unless there is a specific contractual agreement. Therefore, 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, telephone 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.

    If you have not worked for some time or have never worked, use referees who can comment on your ability to do the job, e.g. 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 the 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.

    You may also be entitled to receive support from Access to Work throughout the recruitment stages, for example if you require a communicator at an interview. For more information, contact Access to Work on 0345 268 8489 or visit www.gov.uk/access-to-work.

  • 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.

Questions about your application?

Please call our recruitment helpline on 020 7188 8990 if you can't find the answer to your question on our website.