We originally posted this blog about securing an NHS job in 2020 and it was so popular that we thought we would update it for 2022! The world has changed a lot since the unforgettable events of the pandemic in 2020 however some things haven’t changed. If anything the demand for doctors in the NHS has only increased since then with a growing elderly population, stagnant medical school admissions, pension traps and difficulties in retaining talent all playing their part.
All that said, it puts you in an incredible position to a secure a new role if you’re looking to move, whether that’s for your first post coming in as an IMG or for your next career move within the NHS.
So let’s get stuck in!
The NHS is the largest employer in the UK and Europe employing over 1.3 million people in hundreds of different roles.
Within the NHS, there are over 60 specialisms to work within. By joining, you will have access to:
In this blog post, we share our guide on the two ways to apply for NHS jobs via direct applications and a recruitment agency. We give you our top tips on providing successful supporting statements, the advantages of using a recruitment agency and how to write a good medical CV: all essential elements to successfully securing an NHS job.
As mentioned, when you are ready to start making NHS job applications, you have two main options available to you: direct applications via NHS Jobs or Recruitment Agencies. Once you have found a position you would like to apply for, you need to make sure that your application does your experience and personality justice to provide you with the best possibility of securing an interview. This means that you should always read the job description and person specification to highlight how your current duties, responsibilities and experience match up with the hospital’s requirements for the role advertised.
To be in for a chance of securing an NHS interview, it is essential that you read all of the instructions within the advertisement and application form very carefully and that you complete all the sections available.
The next and most important part of the process is to sell yourself to the hospital. Direct applications on NHS Jobs and online portals often require you to input your information in to fields that can constrain you to word limits. This can be a drawback but also gives a chance for your to keep things clear and concise. In any of the supporting information fields of your applications, demonstrate why you would be suitable for the post and how you meet the person specification.
You need to convince the hospital that you have all the required skills, knowledge and experience that they should be inviting you for an interview. If you are coming as an IMG then you should paint a clear picture of the similarities between your current role / workplace and the role / workplace that you are applying to. This will really help set your employers mind at ease if they have any anxieties over hiring someone who doesn’t have experience of working in the NHS.
You can include, among other things, details about your:
Aside from providing a detailed account of your experience and as much supporting information as possible, the tone of your applications needs to create interest and engagement so that your potential employer really want to invite you to an interview. Try and consider these point when answering all sections of your application:
General Points to Remember when applying for an NHS job
If you would like to maximise your chances of securing an NHS job post sooner rather than later, we recommend using a combination of both NHS jobs and a reputable Recruitment Agency simultaneously.
The process of using a recruitment agency starts with you registering your details with them in additional to a finalised and detailed CV. If you need a copy of our template CV then follow the link to this blog. The Agency will then telephone you to find out more about your personal situation, what brings you to want to relocate to the UK, your experience, your requirements and your career plans. They will then give you feedback on your CV in order to increase your chances of securing an NHS interview.
The Recruitment Agency will then contact their extensive network of Lead Consultants and HR Managers with your profile bypassing the normal recruitment processes done via NHS jobs. If you are invited to an NHS interview, your Recruitment Consultant will then help you successfully prepare with a mock interview with example clinical scenarios.
During your NHS job search, you will need to have a very well written and detailed CV. The length of a CV is always a controversial issue. On average, a Consultant’s CV for a medical specialty will be approximately 10 pages long. However, for a Middle Grade or Junior Medical CV, there is not a specific ‘right’ number of pages. However, we always advise doctors to think “the more details, the better” when writing out their medical CV. That being said, the purpose of your CV is to get you short-listed for an interview, so it should always be presented in a well-ordered and concise fashion.
Remember to use a professional, small font and it should always be written in black with no images or personal details such as your martial status or date of birth present.
Thanks so much for reading and if you’d like to ask us a question or get in touch then we’re always available on email via [email protected] or on any of our social channels:
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