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All of our vacancies can be found listed on this site, and www.jobs.nhs.uk
On www.jobs.nhs.uk you can set up e-mail alerts when you register which enable you to specify what kind of post you are looking for. Details of posts which meet these criteria can then be sent to you regularly by email. To register, click here
Most libraries around the UK now offer free Internet access which can be booked in advance in sessions of up to two hours. Please contact your local library for more information. You can also access the Internet at Internet centres for a small charge.
The role of occupational health is to look at the effect of the role on your health. The purpose of pre-employment screening is to ensure that staff are not recruited to jobs which could adversely affect their health. Pre-employment screening also helps to identify any changes to the work (either procedural or workplace layout) to enable people with disabilities to be employed. All information about your health is confidential. Occupational Health will not provide any health information to NHSBT or other third party without your written permission. All information that is kept and used is done so in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
Anyone can apply for a post with NHSBT, however it is essential that you know the status of your eligibility to work within the UK before you complete an application. This is because there are restrictions on the type of posts for which we can obtain a work permit. So if you think that you may need a work permit then it is best for you to investigate that as soon as possible. The Home Office website is a good source of information or you can call them on 0870 606 7766. There are also certain checks which need to be carried out by NHSBT prior to offering a post to a candidate which, if you are invited for interview, would be detailed in your invite letter.
To read our policy on Equal Opportunities, please visit What can we offer you.
As an NHSBT employee, you are entitled to join the NHS pension scheme.
www.nhsbt.nhs.uk; www.blood.co.uk & www.uktransplant.org.uk provide lots of information about NHSBT what we do, how we do it and where we are. Or you can call our National Blood Donors Call Centre on 0845 7 711 711.
It is usual to be nervous before an interview but there is really no need to worry. The interview panel are not there to catch you out or ask you impossible-to-answer questions. Their purpose is to ask questions relevant to the post and to listen to your answers.
The panel will ask questions which relate to the criteria on the person specification. They will score your answers to each question and you must demonstrate at your interview that you meet all the essential criteria. You can prepare by reading through the person specification and noting relevant examples of your experience and skills.
It looks very professional when you put questions to the panel. These can be questions prepared in advance or those asked in response to comments and questions from the interview panel.
It is always a good idea to learn as much as you can about NHSBT before your interview. There is a lot of information about the organisation available on our website, www.blood.co.uk or www.jobs.nhs.uk
If you are unsuccessful at shortlisting stage, well let you know by email. If you have had an interview and are not successful, we will notify you verbally and/or in writing.
Please feel free to apply for any other post within NHSBT even if you have been unsuccessful with previous applications. If you have been unsuccessful at shortlisting stage, you may find our tips on completing your application form contained in Guidance to Recruitment and Selection in NHSBT document useful. We also provide Interview tips which may help with your interview skills.
NHSBT fully supports the learning and development of its people, and believes in encouraging and nurturing individual abilities. Most training is ongoing as part of each role, however there are opportunities for all staff to attend internal and external courses, workshops and conferences.
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The on-going demand for blood, increasing commitments in Tissue Banking and a range of therapeutic services all provide career opportunities for nurses. Nurses in the service also have a unique role in the care of donors and a direct influence over patient care. We offer a range of opportunities in several settings: Nurse Managers of blood donor suites including patient treatments, clinical leadership at blood donor sessions, nursing management, clinical audit, tissue donor co-ordination, nursing research, hospital liaison and clinical training.
Unfortunately, due to the way in which the blood is taken from our donors, phlebotomy cannot be used within NHSBT for this purpose and venepuncture is used. Your phlebotomy skills and experience will be very useful while you are training to become a fully qualified venepuncturist.
All NHSBT Transport departments have emergency blue-light vehicles which are used to urgently transport blood products when required. Specific emergency driving experience will be helpful, however training will be provided in all cases due to health and safety restrictions.
NHSBT does not currently have any motorcycles in our transport fleet and the motorcycles that may be seen around the country are generally used by NHS Trusts to transport products, including blood. If you are interested in driving one of these, then you need to contact your local NHS Trust.