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Candidate Journey

Candidate Journey

On this page is information for people who may be thinking of applying for a role at East Cheshire NHS Trust or who have applied and want more information on the recruitment process.

Role information before applying

If you would like to know more information about a role before you decide to apply, you can contact the Appointing Manager, whose contact details are on each advert. The Manager can assist you with any questions you may have about the role, to help give you more of an understanding about what the role may entail. 

Applying for a vacancy 

All opportunities with East Cheshire NHS Trust are advertised through the NHS Jobs system. You can view and apply for vacancies by clicking here.

After you have applied

Once you have applied, your application will be reviewed against the job description and person specification by the Appointing Manager. Shortlisting decisions will be made based on the information you provide in your application form. Please click here for hints and tips for making a successful application.

Interview Process

If you are shortlisted for a position you will be invited to interview via the NHS Jobs system. Please keep an eye on your e-mails as you will receive instructions here on how to book.

When attending an interview it is important to spend some time preparing in advance. Please click here for hints and tips for interview. As part of the interview process the Appointing Manager will be required to check your:

  • Identity and proof of address
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Qualifications
  • Current salary/ pay scale

The checklist “Documents Required at Interview” will be sent to you as part of your invitation to attend an interview and this will provide you with information as to what documentation you can provide to support this process. 

Post interview 

You will be notified by the Appointing Manager as to whether you have been successful in obtaining the position. If you are successful the Recruitment Team will be in touch to provide you with an offer letter for the post and to begin processing your pre-employment checks.

The Recruitment Team will need to see evidence of your right to work in the UK. A list of acceptable ID documentation will be sent to you with your offer letter. In addition, references will be requested for a minimum of three years from your current and previous employer / s therefore it is essential that you have stated your full employment history on your application form. 

Depending on the role, your job offer may be subject to a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau). The Recruitment Team will contact every candidate who requires a DBS, with instructions on how to obtain a DBS certificate. All DBS applications are now done via an electronic system and there is fee payable by the candidate of £44. Please be aware that all information submitted will be treated with strict confidentiality.

In addition, if your role requires a professional registration, the Recruitment Team will undertake a check with the relevant regulatory body.

Occupational Health Checks 

All candidates will be requested to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire which will be sent to the Occupational Health department to assess. This is to ensure that the environment is safe for staff to work in and also for patient safety. 

All information is treated with strict confidentiality and the all checks take into consideration the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). Reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that staff are able to work irrespective of any physical impairments or learning disabilities. 

Joining the organisation

Once all your checks are completed, you will be issued with a start date. All staff are required to attend a Corporate Induction. For more information on your induction and other useful information specifically for new starters, please visit our welcome lounge page by clicking in the related pages section below. 

For general enquiries please contact the Recruitment Team on: or 01625 656510.