Registered Applicants FAQs
We’ve put together some commonly asked questions about COVID-19 Accelerated Recruitment process.
Registered Applicants FAQs
Commonly asked questions about COVID-19 Accelerated Recruitment process.
We are very grateful to all those returners and students who have taken the time and trouble to come forward – over 18,000 registrations of expressions of interest is a fantastic response. At the same time, safety for the public, for those delivering care and those receiving it, remain an absolute priority. That is why background and pre-employment checks for the many expressions of interest received are absolutely necessary.
We’re working hard to conclude them for applicants as quickly as we can.
We understand that you may have wanted to hear more regularly from us, particularly during this time of rapid, often daily, change. The early “respond” phase of the pandemic required us to prioritise expressions of interest from those with the most urgently needed skills. As we move into the “recover” and “renew” phases of the pandemic, the services we now need to deliver across health and social care will require additional types of skills and experience, including returners who have a broader range of specialist knowledge and professional experience.
We will do our best to update you on the latest position throughout this process.
While we are working to bring experienced and skilled people back into the health and social care workforce as quickly as possible, we must still meet a range of legal requirements when employing individuals across this workforce. All those with expressions of interest are subject to a range of pre-employment checks. These include consideration of health in relation to roles.
We recognise that these processes add time, particularly those involving external bodies, but we cannot compromise on safety – whether for those receiving treatment or for those providing it.
As the First Minister has stated, we are in this for the long-haul and will require a phased approach to dealing with COVID-19. This phased approach means that while you may not be needed right now, this is very likely to change as we move through the Scottish Government’s recovery plan. We are continually assessing the needs for the health and social care workforce, in line with the information available to us as we progress through the pandemic.
If continuing, you should have received, or will shortly receive, a welcome email with login details to enable you to complete pre-employment checks via Turas People.
We would ask that, if not already done so, you provide and upload the required pre-employment information. You can log in to Turas People using the same email address as when you originally expressed interest. If you are experiencing any access issues, please contact TurasPeopleSupport@nes.scot.nhs.uk.
If you have queries about pre-employment checks, please refer to the FAQs on the Turas Hub. If your checks are already underway, we will continue to liaise with you on their completion, if however, after two requests for information from you we have had no response, we will assume you no longer wish to progress and will withdraw you from processing.
As we are progressing through the pandemic towards a “new normal”, we now have a better understanding of COVID-19’s impacts and our ongoing needs. We would like to make best use of those who have come forward to help ensure that we have adequate resources in place across health and social care throughout the pandemic phases, in line with the responses set out by the Scottish Government. At a time when COVID-19 pressures have required them to make huge adjustments, bringing skilled and experienced returners back into our health and social care systems will help them to prioritise and manage their ongoing responses safely and effectively. This will ensuring Scotland’s people have access to high quality services wherever and whenever they need them.
This will mainly be influenced by the skills you made us aware of when you made your expression of interest through the portal. One area in which we are presently seeing increased demand for staffing is in our Care Homes and Care at Home services. That’s why we are now asking those who may have come forward to support acute services and hospital care whether they would be prepared to offer their services in social care and primary care settings. We know that many of you have transferable skills that can be used in these settings. We need to make the most of those skills to provide high quality care where it is most urgently needed.
We know that people’s circumstances are constantly changing – and this is particularly so during this pandemic period. If you no longer wish to be considered for a role please withdraw your interest by contacting email@example.com.
On 11th June an email was issued on behalf of Scottish Government to ask those who had previously expressed interest in supporting NHS Scotland workforce capacity via the Covid19 Accelerated Recruitment Portal to reaffirm ongoing interest in being considered for a role. If we did not hear from you, your details were withdrawn from the process.
If for any reason, you no longer want to be withdrawn please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note we are no longer accepting any new applications.
We will continue to remain in contact with you regarding deployment. We’d like to keep the personal details you provided for this purpose. We may transfer your information to a third party involved in the recruitment process. That party would act on our instruction. The minimum data would be used, and only for the purpose you gave it to us. Any such processing would comply with our privacy notice.