How to make an application - Tips and advice

Guidance from NHS Careers & Cumbria Partnership

There are over 350 careers in the NHS so no matter what qualifications or interest you have there is a career for you. Scientists, medical illustrators, accountants, porters, psychologists, information technologists and estate managers to name but a few are all needed to ensure the smooth running of the NHS.

Search current vacancies for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on NHS Jobs website

Recruitment Team - Telephone: 01228 603076

Here are some tips on applying for a job with us and with the NHS:

Job hunting

Each NHS organisation is responsible for its own recruitment.

Our Trust advertise all job vacancies both for internal and external applicants on NHS Jobs. As a job applicant, you can search and apply on-line for vacancies that match your own preferences. You can also register with the site and be notified by email, when matching vacancies arise.

If you don't have access to the internet at home or at work, you may find that your local library, community centre, careers centre or internet cafe can offer you internet facilities. Vacancies in the NHS are shared with Jobcentre Plus and you will be able to access details through your local Jobcentre Plus office, at the job points or alternatively you can log on to

We also produce an internal job vacancy bulletin - and you may be able to pick one of these up from a Trust's reception point. Vacancies may also appear in local newspapers, periodicals and relevant trade press.

Making applications

Our HR department work with our services to produce each job description (an outline of the job, including a summary of the main tasks and responsibilities) and a person specification (the type of person they wish to attract, including essential and desirable criteria). These are available for each job on the NHS Jobs website.

Job vacancies are usually filled through open competition, and so you need to ensure that you read the job description and person specification fully, before making your application. In orders to be short listed (invited for interview) for a position, candidates must meet at least all the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

You might also want to get your application in early. Due to high-levels of interest, posts can sometimes close early.

More general information on job descriptions and person specifications can be found on the NHS jobs website.

Pre-employment Checks

You will be asked for a series of pre-employment checks before starting work in your Trust. Below is a list of some checks:

  • Verification of identity: Your identity will be verified by checking one of the following: valid passport, UK driving license, original UK birth certificate, valid photo ID card (EU countries only) or UK firearms license.
  • Work permits: Most overseas nationals who do not live in the UK or EU, but want to work in the UK, should obtain a UK permit, before starting work. Visit the UK Borders Agency website for more information.
  • Qualifications: Qualifications relevant to the position you have applied for will be verified once a job offer is made.
  • Registration: Before appointing a health professional, the employer will check whether you are registered with the relevant regulatory body and whether any special conditions apply.
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks: Employers may ask for a CRB check depending on the type of work you will be doing. The CRB checks police records held on the individual, and gives this report to the employer and the individual concerned. The employer will then decide whether it is appropriate to employ that individual.
  • References: Should be written by an appropriate person, for example someone with management responsibility, and should be fair and objective.
  • Occupational health checks: Each employer will give staff an occupational health check. This is to ensure that you are fit for work and so they can provide you with any adaptations for you to do your job, for example a special chair, keyboard etc.

Feedback After Interviews

If you are unsuccessful, you may be able to get feedback to tell you why - you should approach the employer to whom you made the application and ask. We wish you well with your job hunting and hope that you can secure employment within the NHS.

Find out more on the NHS Careers website