What to expect at an Assessment Centre

We organise Assessment Centres for all Band 5 staff nurse and Band 2 healthcare assistant posts.

Book your place

If you have applied for a post and have been shortlisted by the panel, you will receive an email invitation to attend the Assessment Centre.

The email will ask you to log into your NHS Jobs account and confirm your attendance. If you do not book a place by the deadline stated in the interview invite, it will be assumed that you have withdrawn from the post, and your invitation will be cancelled.

Once you have logged into your NHS Jobs account your assessment time will be confirmed. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The invite will also confirm the Assessment Centre location, which will usually be at either the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre or Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

If you have provided a UK mobile phone number on your application form, and have indicated that you wish to receive text notifications, NHS Jobs will automatically send you a reminder message the day before your interview.

What to bring with you

  • Calculator (if you’re attending a Band 5 staff nurse centre – mobile phone calculators are not allowed)

  • Proof of identification. Please provide three documents from the following list:

    • Current valid passport

    • Current valid visa (if applicable)

    • Current UK driving licence

    • Full UK birth certificate

    • Bank statement (issued within the last three months)

    • Utility bill – not mobile phone (issued within the last three months)

    • Council tax statement (issued within the last 12 months)

    • P45 / P60 (issued within the last 12 months)

  • Original University certificate (if qualified nurse and attending Band 5 centre)

  • Pens

At the Assessment Centre

Band 5 Staff Nurse Assessment Centre

The Assessment Centre can last up to four hours and includes the following:

  • Written test – Upon arrival you are required to sit a written test. The test paper consists of three parts - numeracy, knowledge, and clinical reasoning. You need to achieve 100% in the numeracy test, otherwise you will not be allocated an interview slot; and will therefore not proceed any further in the process. You will have 45 minutes to complete this paper and are allowed to use a calculator (the use of a mobile phone calculator or the internet is not allowed).
  • ID check – Copies of acceptable ID documentswill be taken by a member of the recruitment team. These are securely held and will be used to proceed with your pre-employment checks, should you be successful at interview.
  • Formal panel interview – this will last for approximately 30 minutes and questions are based on our trust values and behaviours, as well as your strengths for the role.

Band 2 Healthcare Assistant Assessment Centre

The Assessment Centre can last up to four hours and includes the following:

  • Written test – Upon arrival you are required to sit a basic numeracy and literacy test. You will have one hour to complete this paper - the use of calculators, mobile phones or the internet is not allowed.
  • ID check – Copies of acceptable ID documentswill be taken by a member of the recruitment team. These are securely held and will be used to proceed with your pre-employment checks, should you be successful at interview.
  • Formal panel interview – this will last for approximately 30 minutes and questions are based on our trust values and behaviours, as well as your strengths for the role.

Finding out the results

If you are unsuccessful you will be sent an email message through the NHS Jobs website. This message will give you an email address for you to contact, if you would like feedback on your interview.

If you are successful, you will receive a phone call from the recruiting manager making a conditional offer of employment. The recruitment team will email you with a formal conditional offer letter and will include a copy of all relevant paperwork for you to complete.

All conditional offers are subject to completing the relevant mandatory NHS Pre-Employment Checks to a satisfactory level.

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