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Tips for applicants

Application form

Before completing an application form for one of our vacancies, you should ensure that, as far as is reasonably possible, you have understood the role in which you are interested. You may find it useful to get in touch with the 'contact for candidate enquiry' listed in the advert. As a minimum, you should carefully consider the Job Description and Person Specification for the role. These documents are not only tools which enable us to objectively evaluate candidates in the selection process - they will also help you to decide if you are suitable for the role.

The Person Specification is of particular importance - this details the essential and desirable criteria (in terms of things like qualifications, skills, experience and personal attributes) required of a person working in this role.

Bear in mind that you will need to meet all of the essential criteria in order to be considered for the role, therefore, your application form must evidence that you meet all of these requirements (if you meet the desirable criteria, you should evidence these also).

The evidencing of some items is self-explanatory - e.g. if a particular qualification is required for the role and you possess the qualification, you should list it in the qualifications section of your form. In other areas, you will need to give examples which show how you meet a criterion. These examples can be anecdotal, and you can draw them from experiences at work, in extracurricular activities or from any other area of life.

Do not shy from going into detail - while you know your own knowledge, experience and disposition, remember that the person reading your application does not, and any difficulty they have in drawing inferences from your application could lead to them discounting it.

In evidencing how you meet the criteria, you will demonstrate to the recruiting panel that you have an understanding of the role. You can also strengthen your application by providing some comments around the rationale for your application - have you explained your reasons for wanting the job? It always helps to set your supporting information in this kind of context.

While the process for completing an application form can be time-pressured, it is worth taking some time to prepare your supporting information by looking through the Person Specification and noting down examples that you can use on your application.

When providing details of referees, always consider who is best-placed to make a comment on your professional abilities. At least one of your referees should be your line manager or tutor from your most recent place of employment or study. Remember that as an organisation, we will not accept personal references (e.g. from friends or family members) and so these should not be included. Be sure that you notify your referees before applying so that they can be alert to a possible approach for a reference. If you do not have the detail, ask them for their email address so that a reference request can be transmitted to them electronically to save time.

Before you hit submit, remember that an application can benefit from a second pair of eyes, and so it is always worth having someone else look over your application (as a sense check) before you send it.




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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.