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That is entirely dependent on the role you work in.
Frontline staff have a full uniform, call centre staff vary by role and office staff vary by department, but generally need to be in smart, business attire.

Answered 16 June 2019

Apply via NHS Jobs: http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/extsearch?client_id=122412 (or set up alerts for future vacancies matching your requirements). Depending on the role, you may need to complete a driving assessment, computer-based assessment, telephone interview, presentation, etc. You will always have to complete a formal interview.
Pre-employment checks include at least three years of referencing, occupational health clearance and a DBS (if applying to an applicable role).

Training will vary by role, but will always include a corporate induction, followed by a local induction as a minimum. Frontline staff receive driving and clinical training, along with lifting, conflict management, etc.

Answered 16 June 2019

This is very much dependent on the role. Office staff generally work office hours, whilst call centre and frontline staff may work 24/7/365 shifts, but again this is dependent on the role.
There are options for part time working in some roles and there is a flexible working policy.

Answered 16 June 2019

No, shifts are 6 on 4 off up to 10 hours as a call taker. 4 on 4 off 12 hours off as a dispatch assistant.

Answered 22 June 2019

You will have a minimum of an annual appraisal, but to understand how the pay steps now work, I would recommend looking at NHS Employers as the new rules are quite confusing across the NHS!

Answered 16 June 2019

Quite a difficult interview process with a face fits culture.

Answered 12 October 2019

Senior managers have little regard for junior staff and just care about reaching targets, often at staffs expense.

Answered 12 October 2019

One person off per team at a time which can be frustrating but you can always try a shift swap with others

Answered 22 June 2019

I was not interviewed, i started as a Temp, then became permanent

Answered 4 April 2017
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