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Recruitment process

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with East Cheshire NHS Trust.

The recruitment process can be a little time consuming, so here is an explanation of each step to help you through. 

The first stage is pre-screening which you can do online here.  This is to ensure your are over 16 years old and are able to make a commitment of at least six months

Once you pass the screening the recruitment process will begin.  You will be required to complete some forms and provide additional information as follows:

Application form
You will need to provide details on your skills and experience, what roles you are interested in and your availability. We also ask monitoring questions and we include a section in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
You will need to provide two references – you must have known these people at least three years and they cannot be family members
Occupational Health
Our Occupational Health form gets forwarded on to the Occupational Health team. This is to ensure that you are suitable for your preferred role from a health perspective, to establish whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made under the Equality Act 2010 and finally to ensure that you have been vaccinated appropriately for volunteering in your chosen area of the hospital.

If they have any questions they will contact you directly for a health interview.
You will be required to complete two training modules – Information Governance (refreshed annually) and Statutory and Mandatory Training (refreshed every three years)
You will need to provide three pieces of proof of indentity as part of the recruitment process – if your role requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check your proof of indentity will also be used for that check.  More information on valid documents for indentity can be found at the bottom of this page.

Once the above requirements are met an informal interview will take place to ensure that we are happy to take you forward into your chosen role.  The next and final stage will be your induction.

This process usually takes about four weeks – it can be quicker if you and your referees are responsive, however it can sometimes take longer if you require a health interview.

If any of this process feels a little daunting, or you would like some support with completing the forms, please do get in touch as we would be really happy to help.

Please read the information below about the identity information we can accept in order to apply for your DBS.

Candidate must provide:

  • 1 document from Group 1  


  • 2 other documents from either Group 1, or Group 2a, 2b.

Please note that one of these documents must verify current address this should be a document issued within the last 3 months or 12 months depending on its validity for this process as detailed on the attached document list.


Group 1 Documents – Primary Trusted Identity Credentials

Passport – any current and valid passport

Biometric Residence Permit (UK)

Current Driving Licence photo-card – UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands (full or provisional)

Birth Certificate issued at time of birth – UK and Channel Islands – including those issued by UK authorities overseas, eg: Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces.


Group 2a Documents – Trusted Government / State Issued Documents

Current Driving Licence – old style paper version (UK)

Birth Certificate issued after the time of birth – (UK and Channel Islands)

Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

Adoption Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

HM Forces ID Card (UK)

Fire Arms Licence (UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man)


Group 2b Documents – Financial / Social History Documents

Mortgage Statement (UK or EEA) **

Bank / Building Society Statement (UK and Channel Islands or EEA)*

Bank or Building Society Account opening confirmation letter (UK)*

Credit Card Statement (UK or EEA) *

Financial Statement – eg pension, endowment (UK) **

P45/P60 Statement (UK & Channel Islands)**

Council Tax Statement (UK & Channel Islands)**

Work Permit / Visa (UK) - Valid up to expiry date

Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider – (Non UK or non-EEA only – valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application – must still be valid

Utility Bill (UK) - Not Mobile Telephone *

Benefit Statement eg Child Benefit, Pension – (UK) *

Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment service, HMRC (UK and Channel Islands) *

EU National ID Card – must still be valid

Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands) – must still be valid

Letter from Head Teacher or College Principal (UK)– for 16 to 19 years olds in full time education – only used in exceptional circumstances if other documents cannot be provided – must still be valid


Documents on the list above denoted with a * should be dated less than 3 months old
Documents on the list above denoted with ** should be issued within the last 12 months