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Before starting the recruitment process, you may want to discuss the options with your local HR Consultant or a member of the Recruitment Team.  You may also wish to consider the points raised in the Reviewing the Vacancy page.

Approval Process

To start your recruitment, please complete the on-line recruitment request form

On Monday morning all requests will be sent by the Recruitment Department to your Director, Finance/HR Business Partners. 

Requests within Budget

The requests for those within budget will be allocated to a member of the Recruitment Department to commence the recruitment as soon as possible.  Exceptionally if your Director wishes for your post to be delayed or rejected they will let the Recruitment Department know by Thursday morning and the post will be paused or withdrawn.

Requests where additional funding is required

Any approved requests where you have indicated that the vacancy requires additional funding or contingency funding as part of a project, will be sent by the Recruitment Department to the Director of Finance and People Director for consideration and if supported to the Chief Executive for a final decision.  The Recruitment Department will contact you to discuss the outcome and where approved commence your recruitment.

Recruitment Approvals Process flowchart is available which outlines the above process.

The section below provides information on the various types of recruitment e.g. permanent, fixed-term, apprenticeships, secondments etc.

Types of Recruitment

Permanent - Employed on a permanent basis. To start your recruitment please complete a recruitment request form

Fixed Term - Employed for a specific purpose on a temporary basis with an end date e.g. maternity cover, research funding. To start your recruitment please complete a recruitment request form.  Further information is available on the Secondments and Fixed Term page.

NOTE : If you wish to change a fixed term role to a permanent post, the position must be advertised internally through the normal recruitment process.

Apprentices – Employed on a fixed term contract (FTC) with an additional requirement to complete an apprenticeship qualification. You can follow the 5 simple steps to recruit an Apprentice flowchart. Further information regarding apprenticeships can be found on the Apprenticeships page on Link. To start your recruitment please complete a recruitment request form.

Secondment – A secondment is the temporary transfer of an employee to a different post or area within NHSBT (or another organisation) for a specific purpose and time. To start your recruitment please complete a recruitment request form. For further information visit the Secondments and Fixed Term page.

Transfers - The transfer agreement applies where you are wanting to move from one area of the country to another and continue to be employed by NHSBT on the same band and role. If you are eligible you may not be required to go through the full recruitment process. If you are interested in a transfer refer to the Contact Us page.

Medical and R&D - Recruitment to Speciality Doctor roles will follow the standard recruitment process. However we must follow the NHS Regulations for Recruitment of Medical Consultants guidance. To start your recruitment you please complete a recruitment request form.

Bank Workers - Bank workers are used on an ad-hoc basis. There is no obligation to provide them with work. Our Bank roles are either advertised externally or are filled using ex-employees who have left (or retired) and chosen to stay with NHSBT.  For external advertising please complete a recruitment request form. For ex-employees who have left (or retired) please see the Flexible Retirement Page and complete a Direct Hire Request form. You may also find it useful to consider the Top Tips document for Bank Worker Programmes.

Honorary – An honorary contract is a legal agreement entitling a person whose primary employer is not NHSBT to work directly with NHS patients on an unpaid basis, especially for the purposes of research or training. The Direct Hire Process Guidance outlines the process you need to follow. To arrange an honorary contract please complete a Direct Hire Request form.

Roles and Responsibilities

For the purposes of the recruitment pages on People First it is useful to note the following definitions:-

Recruiting Manager – is the manager responsible for the whole of the recruitment process and for the actions related to the vacancy within NHS Jobs. 

Reviewer – is someone who reviews the applications within NHS Jobs so that the Recruiting Manager can finalise shortlisting.

Recruitment Contact – is the member of the recruitment team who will be your first point of contact throughout the recruitment process.

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