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Essential Questions to Ask HR Before Accepting Your Dream Job in the NHS



Congratulations, you've just received a job offer in the NHS! Your journey to a fulfilling career in the NHS is about to begin. However, before you jump headfirst into your new role, there are crucial questions and clarifications you should seek from your HR department. These inquiries can make a significant difference in your work experience, so let's explore what you need to know. 


1. Certificate of Sponsorship (COS): 


- How long will the COS be valid for? 

- Why is the duration of the COS important for your future plans? 

- How long does it typically take to issue a COS? 


2. Accommodation: 


- Is the hospital providing accommodation?

-Can you use the hospital's address for your visa application if they don't provide accommodation? 


3. Relocation Charges: 


- Does the trust offer any assistance with relocation charges? 

- What are the conditions for receiving relocation assistance? 


4. Pay: 


- Will your previous work experience outside the UK be considered in determining your salary? - Is your job banded, and what is the on-call rota like? 

- What will your salary be, considering your experience and banding? 


5. GMC (General Medical Council): 


- When can you designate the hospital as your GMC designated body for revalidation?

- What steps should you take to ensure a smooth GMC registration process? 


6. Job Details: 


- Does the trust cover non-trainee doctors for indemnity insurance? 

- What is the period of shadowing, and are you allowed to shadow colleagues on call? 


7. Educational Needs: 


- Can you have an educational and clinical supervisor to assist with your training requirements? 


8. Study Budget:


- Is there a study budget available for postgraduate exams or courses? 


9. Occupational Health: 


- What is the policy regarding occupational health checks and screening tests? - Can you negotiate to start work before receiving all test results? 


Now that you have gathered all the necessary information and are ready to accept the job offer, here's what you need to do next: 


After Accepting the Job: 


- Complete your TB test and UKVI IELTS. 

- Start the TIER 2 visa application process promptly. 

- Inform HR when you have your work visa to coordinate your start date.

- If you're in the UK when offered the job, complete the identity check and occupational health check. 

- Apply for a DBS if required. 

- Apply for a National Insurance (N.I.) number. 

- If needed, ensure your driving license is valid for driving in the UK. 


Opening a Bank Account: 


- Visit a local bank to open an account, taking the necessary documents with you.

- Discuss credit and debit card options. 

- Notify HR of your bank details for salary deposits. 

- Barclays allows you to open a bank account without the need to visit a branch. You can initiate the process once you have a UK address, and you can do it conveniently through their mobile app. 


With these critical questions answered and your post-acceptance checklist in hand, you'll be well-prepared to embark on your career in the NHS. Remember, thorough preparation ensures a smoother transition into your new role, and it sets the stage for a successful and fulfilling career in healthcare. 


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