Application process

Interested in working for NHS Blood and Transplant?

That’s fantastic. Here’s what you need to know about our application process.

Applying for jobs

You can access our vacancies on our E-Recruit system. Once you have chosen to apply for a vacancy you will be asked to register your details with us on the system.

Each vacancy has a recruitment profile, which tells you about the post and what we’re looking for. It’s important your application gives clear examples of how you match the recruitment profile.

See our top tips (PDF 62KB) on completing your application form. You may also find it useful to take a look at careers advice websites (Word 367KB) for further tips on completing an application.

You will also see a 'Your Benefits’ section. This explains what it’s like working for NHS Blood and Transplant, the location, salary, hours and anything else that you might want to know.

How is your application reviewed?

The recruiting manager will review your anonymised application in the E-Recruit system. We will also keep you up to date on the progress of your application via E-Recruit. 

Interviews and assessments

If you’re invited to an interview/assessment, we’ll send you the details through our E-Recruit system. You will be asked to confirm if you’re coming and choose a suitable time.

See our Top 10 Tips to Interviews (PDF 159KB). Also available is a more detailed guide to interviews (PDF 214KB) that you may find useful.

You might want to have a look at careers advice websites (Word 367KB) for further tips on interviews.

On some occasions you may be asked to upload your CV. You may find it useful to have a look at our top tips to writing an outstanding CV (PDF 77KB).

As well as interviews, many roles require additional selection methods to help us assess a candidate’s suitability to the role. These may include presentations, ability tests or group exercises, for example.

Roles that require specific recruitment arrangements include: Healthcare Assistants and Specialist Nurses - Organ Donation.

After the interview

You’ll hear from us within a few days with the outcome. If you’ve been successful, we’ll explain what happens next and let you know what checks we need to complete before confirming our offer. The time this takes will be different for each role as it depends on the checks we need to undertake. Your recruitment contact and recruiting manager will keep you informed throughout the process. If you weren’t successful this time, you’ll have an opportunity to gain feedback to help you in the future. 

Pre-appointment checks

As an NHS Employer we have to undertake checks before we can confirm an offer of employment.

These include:
• Identity checks
• Right to work in the UK
• References
• Work health assessment

For some roles we will also need to do criminal records or additional security checks.

You can help us to complete these checks quickly by providing the information required so that we can confirm your offer of employment with minimal delay.

Confirming our offer of employment

After we have completed all the checks, we will contact you to arrange a start date. We will confirm our offer in writing with a contract of employment.

Welcome to NHS Blood and Transplant

Welcome to the team – thank you for helping to save and improve lives every day.

You’ll be given details of any training required, where you should attend on your first day and any other information you need. To help you settle into your new role, we will arrange an induction programme where you'll be able to meet your new colleagues.

You are now ready to join us – it’s great to have you on board!