Blog
NHS Recruitment

Why The NHS Recruitment Process Is So Slow (And What You Can Do About It)

Share

Aliquam erat volutpat. Suspendisse potenti. Vestibulum sed diam ligula. Nulla cursus dignissim molestie. In luctus lobortis arcu, sit amet feugiat nunc blandit vel. Fusce elementum nisi purus, in malesuada nisi tincidunt sed. Duis libero dolor, congue et varius eu, placerat vel dui. Ut tempor augue vitae ex aliquam, non imperdiet augue pellentesque. Morbi in est cursus lectus molestie aliquam. Nunc quam orci, pharetra a ex ac, fringilla faucibus neque. Quisque ut dictum ex, finibus lacinia eros. Vivamus gravida ac velit nec molestie. Aliquam molestie nisl at justo sollicitudin, ut imperdiet lectus porttitor. Phasellus aliquet sapien ut libero mollis, sit amet fringilla augue bibendum.

Heading 1

Nulla congue libero eu libero efficitur, non fringilla dolor ultricies. Vestibulum ultrices augue vel est rutrum, eu semper odio blandit. Cras dignissim, risus in accumsan consectetur, orci urna efficitur nulla, at aliquam ante velit a lorem.

Heading 2

Nulla congue libero eu libero efficitur, non fringilla dolor ultricies. Vestibulum ultrices augue vel est rutrum, eu semper odio blandit. Cras dignissim, risus in accumsan consectetur, orci urna efficitur nulla, at aliquam ante velit a lorem.

Heading 3

Nulla congue libero eu libero efficitur, non fringilla dolor ultricies.

Heading 4

Nulla congue libero eu libero efficitur, non fringilla dolor ultricies.

Heading 5

Nulla congue libero eu libero efficitur, non fringilla dolor ultricies.

Heading 6

Nulla congue libero eu libero efficitur, non fringilla dolor ultricies.

Aliquam erat volutpat. Suspendisse potenti.

Heading 3

Fusce mollis posuere urna, at rutrum sapien tincidunt a. Praesent mattis mauris massa, vitae luctus nisi finibus eget. Ut scelerisque neque nisl, eget commodo lectus pretium non. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Praesent ac libero malesuada, ultricies magna sit amet, tempor sapien.

Cras varius ultrices ipsum id dictum. Suspendisse tincidunt mauris ligula, et dictum diam molestie sit amet. Vivamus nec egestas neque, in finibus est. Vivamus pretium euismod tellus et porta. Mauris tempor dui est, nec cursus nunc vehicula vel. Nullam fermentum convallis urna sit amet pharetra. Morbi ex ipsum, aliquam in tortor in, ultrices pretium nunc. Nullam auctor euismod nunc, non ornare lectus fringilla id. Nullam lobortis pharetra libero at accumsan. Morbi finibus ex vel ligula faucibus malesuada. Mauris id facilisis velit. Aenean et vulputate leo. Morbi in massa accumsan, congue felis non, accumsan ante.

Fusce mollis posuere urna, at rutrum sapien tincidunt a. Praesent mattis mauris massa, vitae luctus nisi finibus eget. Ut scelerisque neque nisl, eget commodo lectus pretium non. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Praesent ac libero malesuada, ultricies magna sit amet, tempor sapien.

Heading 3

Mauris id facilisis velit. Aenean et vulputate leo. Morbi in massa accumsan, congue felis non, accumsan ante.

  1. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.
  2. Sed hendrerit felis lacinia risus iaculis feugiat.
  3. Aliquam in lectus ac metus consectetur pellentesque lobortis nec orci.
  4. Nam nec tellus ullamcorper, consectetur massa in, tincidunt justo.

Fusce mollis posuere urna, at rutrum sapien tincidunt a. Praesent mattis mauris massa, vitae luctus nisi finibus eget. Ut scelerisque neque nisl, eget commodo lectus pretium non. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Praesent ac libero malesuada, ultricies magna sit amet, tempor sapien.

This is a quote block. Fusce mollis posuere urna, at rutrum sapien tincidunt a. Praesent mattis mauris massa, vitae luctus nisi finibus eget. Ut scelerisque neque nisl, eget commodo lectus pretium non. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Praesent ac libero malesuada, ultricies magna sit amet, tempor sapien.

Cras varius ultrices ipsum id dictum. Suspendisse tincidunt mauris ligula, et dictum diam molestie sit amet. Vivamus nec egestas neque, in finibus est. Vivamus pretium euismod tellus et porta. Mauris tempor dui est, nec cursus nunc vehicula vel. Nullam fermentum convallis urna sit amet pharetra. Morbi ex ipsum, aliquam in tortor in, ultrices pretium nunc. Nullam auctor euismod nunc, non ornare lectus fringilla id. Nullam lobortis pharetra libero at accumsan. Morbi finibus ex vel ligula faucibus malesuada. Mauris id facilisis velit. Aenean et vulputate leo. Morbi in massa accumsan, congue felis non, accumsan ante.



Whether you’re a recent graduate applying to the NHS for the first time, a seasoned locum or a medical professional looking to expand your experience and augment your CV, the NHS recruitment process can be a minefield. Even support staff and volunteers have to jump through numerous hoops when applying for an NHS job. And now, in the midst of an international healthcare emergency, the very slow and complicated process of recruiting new staff in the NHS has become more urgent than ever.


As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the shortage of clinical staff in the NHS is worsening every day, so something needs to be done - and fast - to speed up the recruitment process and enable the NHS to continue to meet the healthcare needs of the population.


Healthcare professionals have voiced concerns at how slow the NHS is to appoint staff, with many taking to social media to express their frustration and ask why, at such a critical time, the recruitment of essential staff is still so slow. With thousands of available clinical staff and locums ready and willing to work, it’s more important than ever to work together, and find a way to get the right people into the right jobs, as quickly as possible. 


Reasons why the NHS recruitment process is so slow

Of course, we all understand that the NHS is under extreme pressure as a result of Covid-19. But it’s not just the recent pandemic which causes delays in recruiting for NHS jobs. Healthcare organisations are also faced with ongoing challenges with regard to recruitment, safety and regulatory procedures, which have been put in place to improve patient safety and maintain all-important regulatory compliance with (healthcare regulator) the CQC. If you’re really interested in what goes on behind-the-scenes of NHS recruitment, you can find out more from our blog on the role of HR professionals in the NHS.


What is different about the NHS recruiting process?

There are a number of important reasons why the NHS recruitment and selection process is so thorough - and as a consequence, so slow; the complex hiring methods adopted by the healthcare sector improve patient safety by ensuring that all new recruits are properly qualified and can provide evidence of their skills, experience and qualifications. 


But for clinical professionals and ancillary staff involved in the NHS application process, the system can be frustratingly slow. Particularly at this critical time, when the speedy recruitment of key workers in the healthcare sector is more vital than ever before.


How long does the NHS take to shortlist?

As anyone who has ever applied for an NHS job will know, the application process itself can be extremely long-winded, time-consuming and complicated. But once your application is complete, the NHS recruitment and selection process involves further hoops to jump through, before shortlisting, interview and - hopefully - an actual offer of employment can be secured. All applicants will be subject to:



You can find out more about the essential NHS pre-employment checks here, and the 

NHS Recruitment Process Flowchart provides more detailed information on the hiring process in general.


So, if you’re applying for an NHS job, how long is it likely to take to find out if you’ve been shortlisted? The answer: too long! It can take NHS recruiters weeks - sometimes even months - to carry out all the necessary checks on applicants and complete the shortlisting stage of the hiring process. And once that’s done, you still need to attend interview (or possibly several), present your documents, and undergo further suitability checks before a final decision is made. In short, applying for a job with the NHS is a slow process.


How long does it take to hear back from an NHS interview?

Once you’ve gone through all the above stages and demonstrated that you meet the necessary job requirements, it might still be a while before you hear whether you’ve been successful. Despite the fact that recruiters will always do their very best to speed up the NHS interview process, anyone will tell you that it can take anywhere from two weeks to six months to hear back from interview! Which anyone involved in the application process for NHS jobs will testify, is an extremely long time.



What can you do to speed up the NHS hiring process?

We’ve established that the NHS process for recruiting clinical staff is really slow, and if you’ve experienced it before, then this will come as no surprise. And there’s nothing any of us can do to change the procedures and checks involved within the NHS itself. 


So the question is: if you’re a locum or health professional seeking NHS employment - whether for the first time or as part of your career development strategy - then what can you do to help speed up the NHS application process?


Increasingly, NHS recruiters and HR professionals in the healthcare sector are looking to third parties to support with their recruitment needs. This frees up valuable clinical man-hours and relieves the heavy burden on NHS recruiters, particularly as demand for healthcare staff has seen a massive surge since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. 


How much does the NHS spend on recruitment?

It’s been estimated that the NHS spends close to £500m a year on agency fees alone, money which could be put to better use improving patient care. By adopting Credentially’s new recruitment and onboarding services, NHS trusts will see a dramatic fall in costs, simplified budgeting, improved workforce planning and better staff retention. Which all adds up to a speedier recruitment process and more positive experience for NHS staff.


How Credentially can help:

Here at Credentially, we offer a market-leading automated signup, credentialing, and compliance service to NHS recruiters and healthcare organisations in both the public and private sectors. Our bespoke software package is tailor-made to meet the individual recruitment and onboarding requirements of different organisations within the NHS and healthcare sector by:


As NHS recruiters and healthcare providers are faced with increasing pressures - not just from the Covid-19 crisis, but also as a result of ongoing regulatory and compliance issues - many are now reaching out to us, to help them meet their recruitment requirements and to speed up recruitment and onboarding processes.


Our world-class onboarding and credentialing software is designed to save NHS departments money, in addition to thousands of man-hours of wasted clinical time, through simple automation of the recruitment and HR processes. Which means that every day, more and more NHS recruiters are coming directly to us - Credentially - for help with their recruitment needs. 


We are now proud to be providing healthcare recruiters with:



Credentially is working hard to take the stress out of NHS recruitment. But not just for NHS recruiters. For you, too.


How Credentially can help you

Credentially doesn’t just solve recruiting and onboarding problems for NHS recruiters. We have developed an extensive database of clinical staff - including doctors, nurses, locums, healthcare workers and essential support staff - who are looking for new opportunities in the healthcare sector.


At the best of times, the NHS recruitment process is slow and complicated. And right now, with the extra demands placed on NHS recruiters, HR professionals, administrators, managers and clinical staff, the situation is only getting worse. 


More and more NHS recruiters are now coming directly to us for support with their recruitment needs. So if you’re not signed up with us already, then now is the time!


Let us help you to navigate the recruitment minefield. You won’t believe how much our software can speed up and simplify the NHS recruitment process for you. Not only will we help you circumvent the many steps usually involved in the job application process, we’ll be in regular contact and keep you informed of progress, every step of the way. 


What does Credentially offer to healthcare professionals

If you’re a locum - or professional healthcare worker - who is accustomed to contract work in a variety of different settings, but fed up with the hassle of going through the mountain of paperwork involved in the recruitment process each time you want to apply for a new position, then let us take care of everything for you. Just complete our super fast and easy sign-up for healthcare staff, present your documents and let us carry out your pre-employment checks. Then you’re ready to go!


Worryingly, there has been a recent surge of fake job offers, which have arisen to trick job seekers into paying advance fees (supposedly for an International Worker’s Certificate and Registration Card), and present a risk to anyone applying for jobs in the healthcare sector. By signing up with Credentially, you’ll be protected from these fraudsters. We’ll be your first point of contact for all offers of work, so you can rest assured that every job you hear about from us is completely above board and on the level.


Satisfied Customers

Our commitment is to make life easier for healthcare professionals through automation. And so far, we’re achieving our goal. Here’s what some of our many satisfied customers have had to say:


“It’s transformed the way we onboard doctors - we’re confident on compliance, save huge admin, and our doctors find it straightforward”. (Dr Yvette Coldicott, CMO of Doctorcare, Anywhere). 


“We make sure doctors are well-trained, CQC-compliant and receive a high-quality induction. With Credentially, we achieve this in a fraction of the time”. (Dr Anshumen Bahgat, Founder of GDPQ).


And it’s not just healthcare recruiters that reap the benefits. Credentially’s software benefits everyone, by streamlining healthcare recruitment to provide a faster, more efficient service all-round.



Credentially’s Covid-19 offer

We’ve promised to provide our software free of charge to any NHS organisation needing to rapidly and safely increase their staffing numbers over the coming weeks, to meet the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic. So right now, there’s no quicker or more efficient way to secure employment with the NHS.  


The NHS and Public Health England have also recently launched an initiative to recruit 3000 clinical professionals, to form a coronavirus contact-tracing workforce. If you’re a healthcare professional looking to use your skills and expertise in the fight against Covid-19, then you should get in touch with us. The NHS is looking for people to work from home as well as on the front line, so there are opportunities for everyone, and we can help make sure you’re part of the team.

Credentially is fast becoming the go-to agency for healthcare recruitment. Don’t let yourself get left behind.


Subscribe to our blog

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter
Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Request a Demo

A ten minute custom walkthrough
could save you millions

10 minutes
Live walkthrough
No obligation
Free consultation
Thank you!
Your submission has been received!
Back to Home Page
Something went wrong while submitting the form.