Introduction

This document sets out the overall policy and process for recruitment, selection and pre employment checking of staff and workers at Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) and provides a framework to ensure that managers and others are able to select the best person for the job in a process that is fair, open and consistent. Quality recruitment processes will support the Trust’s vision, strategic objectives and values.

This policy complies with the NHS Constitution; Care Quality Commission Standards relating to workers (Standard 12) and with NHS Employers Employment Checks Standards. It also complies with the Equality Act 2010 and Home Office/UK Border Agency rules on employing non European Union workers.

 

Purpose and Scope

Fair and transparent recruitment and selection that complies with best practice is part of the Trust’s wider commitment to equality of opportunity in employment. Effective recruitment and selection of staff is key in ensuring that the Trust has the skills and capabilities in its workforce to achieve its strategic objectives. Spending time in planning the recruitment process at the start will save time in the longer term and avoid future problems.

The experience of applying for a job with the Trust can leave a person with a long-lasting impression of the Trust and of the NHS as an employer. Many potential applicants and candidates live in our local catchment area and may also be service users. We aim to leave all potential applicants and all candidates, whether successful or not, with a positive and professional image of the Trust.

All those involved in recruitment and selection will use this policy and procedure, which applies to permanent, fixed-term contract, and temporary staff, volunteers, students, trainees and contractors. Additional policies exist for medical staff, temporary workers and volunteers.

It is the Trust policy that members of any recruitment interview panel should be trained in objective and non-discriminatory recruitment and selection techniques. At the very least one member of each panel must have been trained within the last three years.

 

Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Recruitment and Resourcing Manager
Ratified by: Trust Board
Date Ratified: November 2014
Date Issued: December 2014
Review Date: November 2016
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Recruitment and Resourcing Manager

 

See also:

  • Criminal Records Bureau Policy
  • Professional Registration Policy
  • Pre Employment Policy (Occupational Health)
  • Single Integrated Equality Scheme
  • Worklife Balance Policy
  • Induction Policy
  • Use of Volunteers Policy
  • Honorary Contracts policy
  • Temporary Staffing Policy