What happens when you apply for a job at NWAS...

Vacancies and Application process

All vacancies (excluding voluntary roles) must be applied for through NHS Jobs.

The NHS Jobs application form contains a number of sections in which you are asked to give important personal details. These include information such as a summary of your employment history, educational qualifications and there are some declarations that it is important that you complete honestly and accurately.

There is an additional information section for you to give evidence showing that you have the knowledge, skills, abilities and other personal qualities needed to do the job.

Click here for more information to help you complete your application form.

Applicants shortlisted

A panel shortlists the applications and the HR Hub invites the shortlist in for interview. Different documentation is required depending on which role you are applying for; the HR Hub will inform you what you need to bring to the interview.

Applications are assessed based on a number of criteria; these usually consider the applicants experience and competancies listed in the Job Description.

Interviews and documentation

When you are invited in for an interview you will be asked a series of questions and may be asked to complete an assessment (depending on the role you are applying for). This is for us to find out more about you as a person and check you have the skills to do the job. You must also bring in all the documentation we require for employment checks at this point.

There is no need to be nervous; this is a great opportunity for you to find out more about NWAS and decide whether you could see yourself working with us.

For more advice on interview techniques, Click here.


Following a successful interview, the interview panel will notify the HR Hub of the successful candidate.

For operational vacancies: The Heads of Service and Sector Managers will confirm the allocation of successful candidates to available vacancies.

The HR Hub will contact the successful applicant(s) and advise of a conditional offer and allocated sector (operations) subject to employment checks.


The HR Hub will complete all the neccesary employment checks, this could include; referencing, health checks, DBS and others, dependent on the role. This could take some time so be patient, it is also likely that you will need to complete some tasks yourself, for example a health self assessment.

Job offer

Congratulations! The HR Hub will inform the successful applicant(s) of an unconditional offer and arrange a start date.

It’s important you do yourself justice on your application form; so don’t be afraid to sell yourself and shout about your achievements. If you’re stuck, get in touch, we offer support for completing your application.
— Sarah, HR Manager