Working in the NHS
Fake NHS jobs are often advertised online or by illegitimate recruitment companies. To ensure you stay safe in your NHS job search please follow the below advice.
For temporary jobs the NHS has selected recruitment agencies working on its behalf, please follow the below links to access lists of framework agencies.
A respected source of NHS jobs is their own website, www.jobs.nhs.uk.
Vetting and screening new staff is taken seriously be the NHS, more information on the kind of checks the NHS and its selected agencies will perform can be accessed via NHS Employers at http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/recruit/employment-checks/nhs-employment-check-standards.
The NHS Employers organisation sets the recruitment standards for NHS Trusts in England. Reciprocal arrangements are in place across Scotland and Wales. All job seekers will be asked to evidence valid right to work in the UK, referee details, proof of address, medical information, and proof of any qualifications which are deemed necessary for the post being applied for.
NHS Trusts may also be required to obtain a criminal record check. Any such requirement will be confirmed in a letter issued by the NHS Trust confirming your provisional offer. In some cases, the NHS Trust will pay the fee for this type of check on your behalf; however, some may have arrangements in place to recoup the fee over a period of time, from your salary. Local arrangements in regard to the payment of criminal record checks will be confirmed in the provisional offer letter from the Trust. Any correspondence communicated by email will be issued by an NHS email address. The cost of an enhanced disclosure [with the DBS] is £44, there may be a small admin fee but you should not be asked to pay more than £70 for this.
In some cases, for professions that have been identified as being in shortage in the UK, NHS Trusts may offer to cover re-location charges for workers moving from overseas, but this is the exception not the rule, and every effort must be made to ensure this is legitimate and not a scam before you part with any money for travel, visas, etc., It is unusual the NHS would organise your travel and visa, so be cautious of any requests for money.
There is a list of approved agencies who adhere to the WHO Code in regard to compliance with ethical recruitment. The list of agencies can be accessed by following this link: http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/recruit/employer-led-recruitment/international-recruitment/uk-code-of-practice-for-international-recruitment
If you work in the NHS and suspect you have been a victim of fraud please report this to http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/3350.aspx.
If you are attempting to find work in the NHS and have concerns about the legitimacy of the job please report that to SAFERjobs via our home page.
SAFERjobs is committed to providing a free service to job seekers in order to ensure job searching is a safe thing to do.