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Application process

At SCW we want you to get the best out of the NHS recruitment process. Here are our top tips for the application process.

Check out our values

At SCW we are committed to recruiting the right people and those who share our values, we do this using our Values-Based Recruitment process. This enables our recruiting managers to recruit staff with values and behaviours that align with our organisation. 

Our offer to you

Read about our offer to you. This outlines every aspect of the SCW employment experience, beyond the benefits and rewards on offer, for our prospective employees. 

Joining from the Armed Forces? 

SCW has signed up to Step into Health a programme. This connects employers in the NHS to people from the Armed Forces community, by offering an access route into employment and career development opportunities in the NHS and SCW. The programme recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that Armed Forces personnel develop when serving and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles. 

NHS pay bands

Starting salaries are at the bottom of the band, with the ability to progress through the pay band, see NHS Employers. If you are already within the NHS we work to Agenda for Change guidance. Staff transferring from one post to another in the same pay band within the NHS can be offered an additional incremental point rise with a change in incremental date to the date of appointment.

The NHS application form

Our managers score applications based on the supporting information section. You have a maximum of 1,500 words here to meet the person specification for the role. Do include examples for each criterion under the three sections - education, knowledge and experience and skills and capabilities. Do match requirements of the role against your previous positions or posts you have held in any industry, educational environment, work placement or volunteering.

NHS Jobs allows you to save your applications however do be mindful when resubmitting previous applications that the job specification will have changed and this needs to be reflected in the supporting information section. 


Do be clear on your references and make sure that you have the correct contact details and that your referees are aware of the potential request, this will help speed up employment checks.

Mobile notifications

You can choose to have mobile notifications from NHS Jobs. You will receive reminders via text as you progress through the recruitment process.

Confirming attendance

If you are invited to the next stage of the recruitment process do confirm or decline your attendance by logging into your NHS jobs account. At SCW we use a mixture of face-to-face interviews, virtual interviews, phone interviews, assessment centres, presentations and testing techniques and this will be made clear throughout the process for the role you are applying for.

Bring the correct ID 

Don't forget to bring your Right to Work ID documents (passport or birth certificate) and a copy of your latest payslip to your interview. Successful applicants will have additional employment checks completed after the interview if successful. Please allow time for this and we’ll keep in contact with you via your contact details confirmed on your application so do update these if they change. 

Any other questions you may have

If you have any questions regarding the role do contact the manager, if there isn’t a contact name listed on the advert contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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