Application and recruitment process

All our vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website – see our current vacancies for details. There you will find details of our current opportunities along with job descriptions and person specifications for each job, and details of closing dates.


Please apply online via NHS Jobs. We are unable to accept paper applications.

For certain vacancies we receive very high numbers of applications, so we use filtering and key questions to assess your suitability for the vacancy. Please do answer these if asked to; they form part of the short–listing process. This process will also assess your suitability against the job description and person specification. Please don't forget to tell us how your skills and experience, at work and in outside activities, meet the requirements of the person specification of the job you are applying for.

All applications are sent to the recruiting manager for shortlisting after the closing date. However, if we receive large number of applications we reserve the right to close vacancies early.


At the shortlisting stage, the recruiting manager will review each application form against the job description and person specification. If you are successful we will send you a letter inviting you to attend an interview.  The letter will contain details of the date, time, location and who will interview you. It will also have details of documents you will need to bring with you.

The documents you will need include:

  • ID documents (photo driving licence/passport)
  • Proof of your right to work (passport/National Insurance card/Birth certificate)
  • Completed occupational health form
  • Declaration form (details of convictions/cautions/warnings, etc)
  • Qualification certificates

If you have not heard anything within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that, unfortunately, you have not been successful on this occasion. If you would like feedback on your application please contact the recruiting manager.


You will be asked a series of questions to review your skills and experience against the job description and person specification.

Assessments are also carried out at some interviews.

The assessment may include:

  • a presentation
  • a typing test
  • a reading test
  • a numeracy test

You will be advised of any tests in your interview letter. If you are successful you will be notified by the recruiting manager and then sent an offer letter; unsuccessful candidates will normally be notified by telephone.

Criminal Records disclosure

For the majority of our jobs, we'll need to carry out a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure check before you can be appointed to a position with the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust.  We need to be satisfied about your character and suitability for a position so it is important that you accurately complete the application form and any declaration form you are asked to complete as part of the recruitment process. Either at interview or offer stage you will be asked to complete a Criminal Records application form. For further information visit the CRB website.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 we must provide you with certain information and obtain your consent before processing sensitive data about you. Processing includes: obtaining, recording, holding, disclosing, destruction and retaining information. Sensitive personal data is information about racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or other beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life, commission or alleged commission of offences and any proceedings for any offence committed or alleged to have been committed.

The declaration form and/or CRB disclosure will be kept securely and in confidence, and access to it will be restricted to designated persons who need to see it, as part of the selection process, and who are authorised to do so.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order 1974)
All appointments covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 are subject to a CRB check. This will included any post involving access to patients in the course of normal duties.

Posts not exempt from the Act
In the case of any post not exempt from the Act, that is, a post not involving access to patients in the course of normal duties, you may be asked only about 'unspent' (current) convictions.

If you need any assistance or advice completing the form, please contact the Recruitment Team on 020 8869 2165.

Job offer

If your application is successful you will receive an offer letter. However, any offer is subject to the Trust receiving two satisfactory references from your two most recent employers, or from your school/college/university if you are a recent school or college leaver (for certain medical and dental vacancies, 3 references are required).  We will also undertake identity and eligibility to work checks.

Your offer of employment will also make it clear that satisfactory health clearance is required before you can take up the post.  We may also need to undertake a range of other satisfactory checks, depending on the nature of the post. These may include qualifications checks, driving licence checks and Criminal Records Bureau checks.


Once you start at the Trust you will be given a local orientation by your line manager.  You will also be invited to a corporate induction programme, which will introduce you to the Trust, its governance, health and safety policies, clinical policies and staff benefits.