Company Expectations

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Working for Guild

At the Scottish Nursing Guild, we’re looking to recruit agency workers who:

  • Are able to pick up shifts at the last minute, with only an hours’ notice given on some of our shifts
  • Have sound clinical skills
  • Demonstrate a commitment to delivering high quality care
  • Demonstrate a caring and compassionate nature, treating patients, carers and relatives with respect, dignity and kindness
  • Foster a culture of openness and honesty, communicating effectively with Guild staff, clients and patients
  • Demonstrate integrity and work within their individual competencies
  • Are able to integrate easily into new teams and be an asset during each shift
  • Are flexible and willing to travel long distances to support clients
  • Are reliable and punctual, committing to any accepted booking

All our agency workers must be able to work without direct supervision from the client in the area we are placing them. Our comprehensive referencing system provides evidence that our workers are suitably skilled to work in the clinical area we are placing them into. By doing this, our clients can be confident we are providing an agency worker who is competent to work as part of their team as soon as they walk onto the unit.

All agency workers must be authorisied to work in the UK or Republic of Ireland and have current, unrestricted NMC / NMBI or HCPC registration.

Any applications to join the Scottish Nursing Guild will be subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for a PVG check (Scotland only), Access NI (Northern Ireland only) or Garda Vetting (Republic of Ireland only), to check for any previous criminal cautions or convictions.

Shifts in my local area

We often receive questions from prospective applicants wanting to know if we have regular shifts available in their local area. Read our response here.

Nurse on a ward with another nurse and patient in the background

What our recruitment process involves

We need to make absolutely sure you have the skills to hit the ground running and to integrate easily into an unfamiliar team. Here’s what you should expect when registering to join the Guild:

  • Initial phone screening interview
  • Referencing based on your individual experience, with a completed competency checklist from a senior referee
  • Face-to-face or digital interview
  • Verification of identity documents, including ‘Right To Work’ evidence in line with current Home Office guidelines, NHS Employers’ Standards, Department of Justice and Equality and the Health Service Executive
  • Completion of a PVG check (Scotland only), Access NI (Northern Ireland only) or Garda Vetting (Republic of Ireland only)
  • Occupational Health assessment and evidence of immunisation in line with current ‘Green Book’ and HSE guidelines, including EPP requirements as applicable to the deployment area
  • Up to date evidence of practical competency training for Basic Life Support and Manual Handling
  • Evidence of educational certificates for advanced and specialist roles

We ask a lot from you, but we’ll be here for you throughout your time with us.