NHS Trust References FAQ

Successful applicants are required to provide the programme with satisfactory references after a provisional offer is made. These must cover the previous 3 consecutive years of employment or training. The following guidance should be followed regarding these references.

Q: When do you contact referees for references?
A: Reference requests will only be sent to your named referees in the event that you are offered a place on the programme. We will collect referee details only after a provisional offer is made.

Q: Who should I put as a referee?
A: Your referees should cover the last 3 years and include all employment or training.

Q: I have been unemployed for this period. Who should I put as a referee in the place of a current employer?
A: Please provide details for your last employer.

Q: I am currently a student and do not have an employer. Who should I include as my referee?
A: You should provide details for your relevant tutor and details of all other employment and training in the last 3 years.

Q: What do I do if I have been in the current post only a few weeks?
A: You should still include your current employer as one of your referees covering the last 3 years.

Q: What is the turnaround time for the NHS Trust references?
A: The formal offer cannot be made until we have satisfactory references on NHS Trust reference forms. It is the applicants' responsibility to chase late references. You might want to let your referees know that this request will be coming so they can prioritise it. We will email the forms to facilitate a swift return.

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