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Assessment Centres

At York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we use values based Assessment Centres as part of the recruitment process for our senior positions.

We believe Assessment Centres are a valuable recruitment tool as they allow candidates to demonstrate behavioural skills which can be difficult to capture at interview alone.

As an organisation we believe that the behaviours and attitudes of a person are just as important as their skills, experience and knowledge. We have therefore developed our assessment centres to include a range of exercises which allow candidates to demonstrate their values and behavioural skills.

What is involved in an Assessment Centre?

Our assessment centres are largely de-selective; this means candidates must pass the assessment elements to be offered a place at interview. All shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an assessment centre which shall take place usually 1 to 3 days prior to the formal interview.

Upon attending the assessment centre candidates shall participate in a range of exercises to assess their suitability for the role. Candidates may take part in one to three of the following exercises: a Group Exercise, a Written Exercise, a Scenario Exercise, a Presentation Exercise or a Discussion Exercise. These exercises will involve you working independently and as part of a group with candidates applying for the same, or a similar role.

All the exercise instructions will be provided to candidates on the day, there is nothing candidates need specifically to prepare for in advance.

Tips for candidates

If you will soon be joining us at an Assessment Centre, here are some useful tips for the day.

Prior to the day:

  • Following your invitation call recruitment to confirm your attendance you must confirm attendance by the deadline provided in your invitation.
  • Read all the information you have been sent about the day making sure you know where you need to be and when. If you are not familiar with the hospital it may be a good idea to arrive slightly earlier.
  • Re-read the job description and related documents to refresh your memory of what the organisation is looking for.
  • Read the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Website familiarise yourself with our values and what is currently happening within the organisation.
  • Prepare your documents you will be asked to bring identity documents with you to the assessment centre so we can verify your identity .

At the Assessment Centre:

Arrive on time at the start of the day you shall receive a brief which will outline exactly which exercises you shall be participating in, you shall also receive a timetable for the day.

  • Get involved don’t be nervous about speaking up, we want to see what you have to offer!
  • Manage your time make sure you are aware of how long you have for each exercise and manage your time appropriately. If you are participating in group work it may be a good idea to split parts of the exercise up.
  • Be yourself and enjoy your assessments remember the assessment centre is an extra opportunity for you to show the organisation what you have to offer

Following the Assessment Centre:

  • Reflect think about how you performed at the assessment centre, what areas did you feel you performed well in? What areas did you feel you could have improved?
  • Request feedback from the recruitment team whether you pass through to interview or not requesting feedback is a really great way to improve upon and develop your performance for the future.

If you require any further information about Assessment Centres at the Trust please contact the Recruitment Team on 01904 725470.


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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.