NHS Blood and Transplant People First

Reviewing the Vacancy

Before you start the recruitment process it is important you are clear about what you are looking for.  You need to be sure that everything you ask for is necessary and relevant for the role, and is measurable.  This will help you avoid or defend complaints or claims of discrimination.  You should consider:- 

What they do – Has the role changed since you last recruited? Do the job description, person specification, recruitment profile need updating?

When they do it – What is the working pattern?  Are there core hours, fixed shifts?  How flexible can you be with the hours for the right candidate?

Where they do it – Where will the role be based?  Have you checked with facilities regarding accommodation if this is a new post or change of base? 

For new posts please refer to the Job Evaluation and Grading page.  If you amend the Job Description and / or Person Specification, you will need to send these for job evaluation to ensure that the changes do not affect the salary banding for the post. Further information can be found on the Job Evaluation and grading page

On receipt of approval to recruit, you will be allocated a recruitment contact who will arrange a commissioning meeting to agree key details and dates.

What is a Commissioning Meeting?

The commissioning meeting is a vital part of the recruitment process as it enables us to agree key details and dates at the start of your recruitment campaign to tailor this to your needs and speed up the process.  It is also an opportunity for your recruitment contact, who will support you throughout your recruitment, to introduce themselves.  At the end of the commissioning meeting you will be sent confirmation of the details and dates you have agreed.  It is important you keep to these agreed dates in order to prevent delays.

What is a Recruitment Profile?

The recruitment profile is a summary of the Job Description and Person Specification. It presents details about the role in a way that is more attractive to external candidates and highlights our values and behaviours right at the start of the recruitment process.  We may already have a recruitment profile for your post but if not a member of the recruitment team will draft this for you and send it to you together with Benefits Information and suggested NHS Jobs application questions for you to approve.

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