How We Recruit

Our recruitment processes

Our recruitment processes are aimed at ensuring we recruit the right people into our posts and that we are fair to all applicants. We will use a range of tools to help us decide who are the best people for a post. The process also allows candidates to decide if Leeds is the place for them.

Our Values

Our Leeds Way values of Patient Centred, Fair, Accountable, Collaborative and Empowered are important to us; they show how we do things. For each value we have identified three key behaviours, and all our staff are expected to demonstrate these behaviours in their daily work. Additionally, some areas have additional values relevant to their particular service.

Additionally, some areas have additional values relevant to their particular service. If you apply to work with us, the selection process will include questions or tasks to help us assess the extent to which you possess the Leeds Way values.

  • Goes the extra mile
    Does that extra little bit to make the patients’ experience outstanding.
  • Is responsive
    Listens to others, understands their needs and takes action where required.
  • Keeps it simple
    Uses simple language to ensure patients, the public, carers and colleagues understand the message.

Recruitment Process

We use a range of tools and techniques in our recruitment process. If you are invited to attend a selection meeting you should be told what you will be expected to do so you can prepare.

The approach will depend upon the role you are applying for and not all approaches will be used.

  • Assessment Days

    These will include a range of activities.

  • Interviews

    Face to face discussions with questions and answers.

  • Practical Tests

    To test your ability to carry out tasks related to the job.

  • Psychometric Tests

    To assess your relative strengths and weaknesses in relation to the role. There are no right or wrong answers.

  • Presentations

    To allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of a topic and/or communication skills.

Post-interview checks

As with all healthcare providers and employers in general, we have to carry out a number of checks to confirm staff are suitable to work with us.

At your interview you will be asked to present documentation that confirms your identity, and to prove you have any qualifications needed for the post. Your invitation to interview will list which documents are acceptable. You will need to bring original documents as copies cannot be accepted.

If you are offered a post, this will be subject to certain conditions being met. You’ll be invited to log on to our on-boarding system and to complete your starter documents on-line and book a pre-employment check meeting with our recruitment team, at which you’ll need to provide original documentation in line with NHS Employers Employment check standards and UK Government requirements. The system will guide you through what documents you need to bring with you.

In most cases, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and we will also need to check identification documents and your right to work in the UK.

All new starters with the Trust will be required to pay for their own DBS check. You will also be required to participate in the DBS Update Service which will allow you to keep your DBS certificate up to date online and allows employers to check your certificate on-line. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. You will also be required to participate in the DBS update service as a condition of your employment, which will need to be renewed each year.

Our on-boarding system has more information about the trust and our Leeds Way values and behaviours so you can become more familiar with us before you start.