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 follow the relevant link to the NHS jobs website and 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.

Assessment Centres

We organise assessment centres for Band 5 Staff Nurse and Band 2 Healthcare Assistant posts, in Medicine, Surgery and specialities such as paediatrics, intensive care, midwifery and theatres and for healthcare assistant vacancies. This web-page explains what to expect at an assessment centre and how to prepare.


What a Band 5 Staff Nurse Assessment centre involves

The assessment centre lasts approximately 3 ½ hours and involves:

  • Skills assessment which assesses literacy and measures compassion and appraises values and behaviours in a clinical setting
  • Numeracy assessment
  • An interview lasting approximately 30 minutes*

What a Band 2 Healthcare Assistant Assessment centre involves

The assessment centre lasts approximately 3 ½ hours and involves:

  • Skills assessment which assesses literacy and measures compassion and appraises values and behaviours in a clinical setting
  • Numeracy assessment
  • an interview lasting approximately 30 minutes*

*Please note that the minimum benchmark must be achieved in all assessments, in order for any candidate to progress to an interview (which will be held on the same day).

This is seen as a fair and accurate way of selecting staff, as it provides various ways for you to show us your full potential and helps us to assess that you can do what you say you can.


Booking to attend an Assessment Centre

If you have applied for a post and have been shortlisted, we will send you an email invitation to attend the assessment centre. The email gives you full instructions on what to do.

  • A morning assessment centre runs from 09:00 – 12.30pm   (Healthcare Assistants)
  • An afternoon assessment centre runs from 13:30  – 17:00   (Band 5 Staff Nurses)

The assessment centre places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you do not book a place, we will assume you have withdrawn your interest in the post.

You can only book your place by contacting the resourcing team, as instructed in your email. If you need any adjustments or adaptations, you must let us know when you confirm your attendance.


Where is an Assessment Centre Held?

The assessment centre is held at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. Your invitation email will provide details regarding the specific venue.  Please refer to the ‘Getting here‘ page of this website for directions on how to get here.

Plan your journey to arrive on time.  You will not be allowed to enter if you arrive late, as the assessments will have already started.


What to Bring With You

Please bring:

  • Photo identification such as passport or ID card (the original).  Without the original documents you will not be able to participate, so please have them ready.
  • Other identification such as bank statement , birth certificate, utility bill
  • Your original university certificates where applicable
  • Proof of your professional registration (e.g. NMC PIN) where applicable.
  • Pens

Applicants can also bring a calculator for use during their Numeracy assessment.


How to Prepare

You will have read the job description and person specification when you applied online for the post.  The criteria (e.g. skills and behaviours) in those documents are what you will be assessed against during the assessment centre; therefore, you may find it helpful to review them and consider how you have demonstrated the skills and behaviours outlined.  This may have been in the workplace or outside of work.


At the Assessment Centre

  • Be yourself – do not try to act, as it will show
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Do not try to second guess what you are being assessed on
  • Assume we are assessing you at all times
  • Follow the instructions you are given for each task and complete all of them.  Listen carefully, and ask if you’re unsure about anything.
  • Join in discussions and ask questions, but don’t dominate.
  • Keep up to date with current issues. You can do this by reading current journals and our website.
  • Practice skills you think you might be tested on, such as clinical skills and drug calculations.
  • Re-read your application form or CV before attending.
  • Get some rest the day before.

Don’t worry if you feel you have performed badly in one of the assessments; concentrate on showing your potential in the others.


Finding Out the results

We will email you within 3 working days of the assessment centre with your result.  We will also offer verbal feedback regarding your performance.

If you are unsuccessful, please do not apply to attend another assessment centre for 3 months.  This gives you time to reflect on the process and your feedback and to gain the skills you did not demonstrate on the previous occasion.


Your offer of employment

If you are successful, you will receive a phone call with a provisional, informal offer. Assuming you wish to take the role, you will then receive a formal conditional offer of employment via email.    The email will contain a number of forms to complete and return (via email).

We will also need to conduct pre-employment checks, so we will need you to provide some documents and we will seek references.


Your start date

We cannot agree a starting date with you until we have completed your pre-employment checks and we are in receipt of your references and any documents we need.

Further information

For information, advice and support with: literacy or numeracy, getting more experience, job application support or interview practice, personal development, accessing apprenticeships & training please click here

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