Application Process

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This is the place to make a great first impression

Improve your chances of landing your dream job at the Northern Care Alliance. Learn about our recruitment process and steps to application success by following this comprehensive guide. This page is for anyone who wants to learn about applying for a job at our trust and would like further details on how we conduct our recruitment and selection.

Getting started

Getting started

Not sure where to begin your job search? We have listed five simple steps to help your job hunt at the Northern Care Alliance.

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  • Register for an account

    You’ll need to create an account with NHS Jobs or Trac Jobs to apply for an NHS vacancy. Sign up via Trac Jobs or NHS Jobs and save your login details for when you are ready to start an application.

  • Sign up to job alerts

    You can receive job alerts straight to your inbox via Trac jobs. To set this up, simply log into your account, click the ‘Find a Job’ tab then select ‘Jobs-by-email’. From here you can add your preferred search criteria and amend the frequency of email alerts. It’s a great way to keep tabs on the latest vacancies in your preferred area or organisation.

  • Start your job search

    You can search for advertised job vacancies at the Northern Care Alliance on our careers website or via NHS Jobs. We recommend all initial searches take place on our website to get the best overview of our open positions. Vacancies are split into professional staff groups to help direct you to the most appropriate area. If you wish to conduct your searching via NHS Jobs, enter ‘Northern Care Alliance’ in the ‘Employer’ section in the search engine. You can find a video of how to conduct a search on NHS Jobs here.

  • Selecting a job

    NHS vacancies use different display fields to summarise the job area, contract type, working hours, base location and closing date. They also display the grade point, which stands for the NHS Pay Grade. The Grade (also termed Band) is set by Agenda for Change NHS Terms and Conditions. This is used for all NHS staff, with the exception of doctors, dentists, and very senior managers. The Band is set based on the level of responsibility, and seniority. All new starters must start on the bottom of the Band stated, unless there is recognised continuous service. To become more familiar with the NHS pay system, please visit the NHS Employers website.

  • Apply online

    If you’ve seen a role you like, you are ready to apply online. Begin your application by clicking ‘Apply Now’ and enter your saved registered details to sign in.

Writing a successful application

Your job application will be split up in to six key areas. These areas include personal details, employment history, education and professional qualifications, equal opportunities, supporting information and references. Each section of the application form requires accuracy, so we recommend completing this in a quiet space away from distractions.

An application form if your opportunity to provide a clear written demonstration of skills, qualities, behaviours and attributes which match the requirements on the person specification. The hiring manager is assessing whether you have the skills to work in the advertised role. It is therefore crucial that your application is reflective of all the essential criteria, and if possible the desirable criteria too. You can find the list of qualifying criteria for the role in the job description. These documents are attached to the advert as a PDF and can be downloaded onto your desktop or smart phone device.

Job application tips

  • Read the job description and person specification carefully before completing an application.
  • Include your most recent work history, qualifications, and professional registration (if required).
  • Check your grammar and spelling before pressing submit.
  • Keep the supporting information clear, concise and relevant to the role you are applying to.
  • Produce something that is unique and authentic to you.
  • Read our values page prior to completing your application. We are always looking for people who can evidence our three main values: inspire, appreciate, and care.
  • Don’t reuse an old application form. Your application must be up to date, and specific to the role you are applying for.
  • Don’t assume the hiring manager will know about your skills and experience. They need to see clear evidence of this in your application form.
  • Don’t use artificial intelligence (AI) including ChatGPT to complete your application. We know when intelligence software has been used and applications may be rejected if we suspect AI usage.
  • Don’t copy someone else’s application form as plagiarised application forms will be flagged and rejected.
  • Don’t wait until the closing date to complete your application. Some of our vacancies may close early, so its always best to be organised and submit your application as soon as you can.

When you are happy with your application form, press submit. Your interest will then be stored and saved on our recruitment system for the manager to review. You will not hear about the outcome of your application until shortlisting has been completed. This is normally within 2 weeks of the vacancy closing. We will always aim to notify you on the success of your application.

Interview Stage

Interview Stage

Congratulations for getting to interview stage! We’re really interested in considering you for the advertised position and think you could be the perfect person for the job. Interviews help us to learn more about your skills and experiences and determine if you could be a good fit for our team. During an interview, you may be asked to complete assessments so we can observe your skills more closely. If this is required, we will always provide formal notice of this in the interview invite. Your interview will either be held face to face or through a video link. The format of the interview will be stated in your invite, so please check this.

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  • Before the Interview

    Please confirm your attendance as soon as you receive your invite. You will be asked to select a time slot for your interview and will receive regular text reminders up to the day. Let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments prior to interview. We will be happy to put adjustments in place to remove any barriers and help you shine during the interview process. If the interview is taking place face to face, plan how you will get to the interview location in advance. Travel information can be found here. Be prepared to show any ID to confirm identity. We may also request for you to bring paperwork to the interview. This will be stated in any correspondence to you, so please always read what we send out to you.

  • During the Interview

    At your interview, you will be introduced to a panel who will be with you for the duration of your interview /assessment process. The panel wants you to do your best and may ask prompting questions to stimulate recall. The interview itself will be specific to the role you have applied for. We may also ask you values based questions and situational interview questions.

  • After the Interview

    After the interview, the panel will make a decision based on their selection. You will be notified of the interview outcome and candidates who are unsuccessful can seek feedback on their interview. Candidates who are successful at interview will be sent a written offer of employment through their email and pre-employment checks will commence promptly. During this time, you will be in contact with the recruitment team, who will start your onboarding.

Interview Tips

  • Read about the Northern Care Alliance and role you’ve applied for.
  • Review the job description and research our values and visions.
  • Research the role and write down questions to ask the interview panel.
  • Prepare a list of scenarios to use for your interview questions. We often use values and situational interview questions to understand your thought processes around how you would handle a particular task. Preparing past examples which are relevant to the skills and competencies we’re looking for will help you feel more confident when answering interview questions.
  • Provide open and meaningful answers.
  • Don’t be afraid of silence. Ask the panel to repeat the question if necessary.
  • Interviews are a two-way process – the interviewer is expected to sell the job and the organisation. You are selecting them as much as they are selecting you so please ask questions.
  • Remember to use ‘I’ rather than ‘we’.
  • Do not assume the interview panel know the full detail of your application, make sure you sell yourself and give real examples of how you achieve an outcome.

Your Offer with us

Your Offer with us

Congratulations on your new role! You must have made a fantastic impression at interview, and I’m sure you can’t wait for your career at the NCA to begin. Following a successful interview, the recruitment team will be notified and a conditional offer letter will be emailed to you.  The recruitment team will also call to introduce themselves, congratulate you on your new post and answer any questions you may have.

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  • Conditional Offer

    Following a successful interview, the recruitment team will be notified of your success and a conditional offer letter will be emailed to you. A conditional offer letter will contain all of the following:

    • Request for identification and proof of Right to Work documents
    • Request for proof of National Insurance number
    • Requests for evidence of any relevant qualifications
    • Occupational Health Questionnaire – Health Declaration or Work Health Assessment Form
    • Model declaration form
    • ESR1 New Starter Form (personal information requests including bank details etc)

    Additional checks may also be required for additional roles:

    • A link for your DBS application
    • Requests for any recent immunisations
  • Pre-Employment Checks

    Your offer will be subject to completion of several employment checks which we aim to process as quickly as possible and will be here to support you with.

    As part of your employment checks you will need to complete an ID/ Right to Work check – this can be done digitally via our identity service provider or in person at our office. The recruitment team will confirm which method you would prefer.

    Once we have your completed documents and ID check, we will apply for your references, send your completed questionnaire to our Occupational Health department for clearance and apply for your DBS.

  • Help us to Help You

    We are reliant on the information you provide to us, so please aim to complete your paperwork as quickly as you can.

    Complete your ID and Right to Work as soon as possible so that we can get your DBS underway.

    Ensure the information you provide us with is accurate i.e., referee contact details are correct and up to date.
    Keep in touch with us by regularly checking for any emails or calls from our recruitment team.

    Attend any appointments that have been made for you i.e., with our Occupational Health department.

  • Your Unconditional Offer

    Welcome to the NCA!

    Once we have completed all your checks, you will be ready to agree a start date with your new line manager. As soon as we have your agreed start date, we will issue your Unconditional Offer letter and Contract of Employment.

    On your first day with the NCA you will attend our Corporate Welcome and Induction, the recruitment team will book this for you and the details will be emailed to you.

    Your new line manager will provide details of where to report and who to meet on your first day with your new team!

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