Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below you will find a list of the most commonly asked questions about working and applying to work within CPFT. The questions have been split into sections for your convenience.

Job-related questions

Do you require any specific qualifications?

This depends on the post that you are applying for. You should read the person specification that sets out essential, as well as desirable, qualifications. For some roles such as a healthcare assistant, you will not be required to have any formal qualifications but you will need to have a good level of English and maths. However, for roles such as a staff nurse you will need to hold a registered nurse qualification relevant to the post you are applying for. This can include Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH), Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD) or Registered Nurse Children's (RNC).

Will I be given any formal training?

All staff are required to attend an induction as well as complete mandatory training relating to the induction. The first two days of the induction will cover the corporate aspects of your role and the last two days will be related to working in a clinical setting. The training provided will depend on the nature of your role.

Will I be provided with any support in my role as a healthcare assistant?

There will always be a registered nurse working alongside you to provide you with support.

Is there much variety in a healthcare assistant role?

Working as a healthcare assistant is ideal for people who are looking for a lot of variety. With the assistance of a registered nurse you will be required to get involved in the monitoring of a service user's condition, providing care, bed-making, serving food and ensuring the environment is safe for the service user.

Will I be able to choose my hours or are the shifts fixed?

Service users require care 24 hours a day. Due to this you will be required to work a variety of shift patterns including working weekends, mornings, nights or bank holidays. The hours you work will depend on the needs of the service users and staff availability on the shift. You can find out more about the common shifts available during your interview.

Do I need to have an understanding of the policies and procedures that are in place?

The policies and procedures have been created to support both the service user and staff member providing a service. Your initial training will include going over some of the policies and procedures but it is important that you spend some time reading the documentation provided on the intranet when you first start.

Will I be given the opportunity to take further training for my career development?

CPFT is developing an academy and offers lots of training and development opportunities which will be available to you. Training needs will be discussed with your line manager and can be booked accordingly.

Application-related questions:

What if I can't attend the interview date stated?

There may be other interview date options available. The contact details for the Recruiting Manager can be found in the advert and they will be able to advise you.

How will I know if I have been selected to have an interview?

All candidates who have been selected will be sent an invitation to the interview by e-mail or letter. All unsuccessful applications will receive a letter confirming this.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the interview?

All candidates who are invited to an interview will be required to bring ID to verify their identity and right to work in the UK. Your ID must confirm your current address and at least one document must confirm your date of birth.

Acceptable documents include:

  • Current valid passport
  • Driving licence (UK)
  • Birth certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Biometric residence permit (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Mortgage statement
  • Bank/building society statement (UK)
  • Credit card statement

Copies of your documents will then be made on the day and your ID will be returned to you.

If you need to bring anything else this will be on your invite to the interview.

Does a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)* need to be carried out?

All candidates are required to have a DBS to work for CPFT. The standard DBS typically takes up to two weeks and the enhanced check can take up to four weeks. The check allows CPFT to find out if an individual has a criminal record.

* Previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

When does referee information need to be provided?

For us to check your employment history, we will request references from three of your last employers. One of these employers must include the most recent place that you worked. To speed up the recruitment process, we will contact your referees before your interview (should you have consented to this in your application).

If you are new to work please provide the details of your school/college tutor and a part-time role you may have occupied.

Will an occupational health check need to be carried out?

All successful candidates are required to have an occupational health check. This is carried out by an external provider. The information you provide the occupational health team is confidential and will not be shared with the recruiting manager. What the occupational health check does is make sure you are physically able to complete the role safely. It also allows CPFT to make adaptations to your work area, should they be required. The occupational health questionnaire will be sent to you alongside a job description with your conditional offer please fill this in fully and return it in the envelope provided as quickly as possible as no final offers will be made until sign off has been received from occupational health.

The page was last updated on 30 January 2017 by andrea.bateman.

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