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NHS: Recruitment

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to NHS trusts on use of open competition in recruitment of NHS IT personnel. (196391)

[holding answer 25 March 2008]: In line with good employment practice the Department expects that individual national health service organisations comply with the relevant legal requirements in the recruitment of staff.

NHS Employers, the body representing trusts in England on workforce issues, with the agreement of the Department, has recently issued revised guidance “NHS Employment Check Standards”, which outlines the checks employers must carry out for the appointment and ongoing employment of all individuals in the NHS. This does not mandate how employers should undertake the recruitment process, however local NHS organisations are encouraged to assess their recruitment and selection policies to ensure the processes are not directly or indirectly discriminatory.