Headlines: April 21st, 2004

The NHS online recruitment trial started at the end of last year is now being converted to a full scale national roll out. The trial website has displayed around 500 jobs daily. Some 24,000 job seekers registered with the service and over 3000 have applied for jobs on-line. The service at http://www.nhs.uk/jobs   allows users to search for jobs, find jobs that match their skills, and apply for jobs online. They can also sign up to a daily ‘Jobs by Email’ to receive new vacancies to suit their job search.Already around a hundred NHS organisations across the country have confirmed dates for taking up the service, which offers immediate access to millions of job seekers. The first employers to join the service in April and May are in the North West, West Yorkshire, London and the South East, the South West and Birmingham.

Department of Health figures suggest that as many as a quarter of a million people find new jobs in the NHS each year. The new service will streamline and modernise the process of recruitment, which is fundamental to developing the NHS workforce.

The service is being provided on behalf of the Department by Methods Consulting Ltd, working with Jobsite (Worldwide) UK Ltd. Methods Consulting is a specialist provider of services that allow large organisations to tackle complex IT challenges. The contract for the new service runs for five years, and was awarded following an open procurement.

The service will complement the existing NHS Careers initiative (see http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk  ) which provides advice and guidance to people wishing to start or return to a career.