Application process

Please ensure that you have read this information before applying. It contains important information about the process.

How to Apply

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) is committed to the principles and practice of diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, as well as individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Summary Timetable

The milestones described above are summarised in the table below:

Campaign Milestone

Date

Register and Express Interest in the Role

By 12 noon on Thursday 21 November 2019

Verbal Reasoning Tests Completed

Between Friday 22nd and 5pm Monday 25th November 2019

Behavioural Strengths Assessment Completed

Between Friday 29th November and Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Competency Questions Responses and Career Summary Submitted

Between Friday 6th December and 12 noon Thursday 12th December 2019
Telephone Interview with GatenbySanderson

w/c Monday 6 January 2020 and w/c Monday 13 January 2020
NMC Panel Interviews

Late January / early February 2020


Overview of the Application Process

  • Initial application (stages one to five below): Providing information about you and your eligibility for the role, which must be completed by 12 noon on Thursday 21st November.
  • Online Verbal Reasoning Tests will be sent out to all eligible applicants on Friday 22nd November, and must be completed by 5pm on Monday 25th November. You will receive a link to the verbal test on the morning of Friday 22nd November.  If you have not received the email with the link to the verbal test by 12 noon on Friday 22nd November, please check it has not gone to spam or junk folders, and if still not located please contact us on nmc@gatenbysanderson.com as soon as possible on Friday 22nd November before 5pm to allow a link to be resent.  
  • For those progressing to the next stage, an online Behavioural Strengths Assessment will be sent out on Friday 29th November and must be completed by 5pm on Tuesday 3rd December.
  • Candidates progressing to the next stage will be asked to complete written responses to five competency-based questions, which will be scored against objective criteria.  You will be informed on Friday 6th December and must submit your responses by Thursday 12th December at 12 noon.  You can view these questions in advance as part of the application process. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED FORM UNTIL WE REQUEST IT FROM YOU IN EARLY DECEMBER.
  • Those successful in progressing to the next stage will be asked to take part in a telephone interview with GatenbySanderson during w/c 6th and w/c 13th January 2020.The final stage for those who are successful in the telephone interviews will be a panel interview with the NMC during late January / early February. 

More detail about each stage is provided below. 

Stage One – Registering and Creating an Account 

If you are not already registered with GatenbySanderson, you will need to create an account at www.gatenbysanderson.com by clicking the ‘Register’ button on the right. Complete the details on the registration form and choose a password. Please note that your username is the email address you have provided. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using your email address and the password you have created.

We'll communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We'll send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. Occasionally, these messages can go into your spam folder, so please check this regularly. This is to protect your privacy.

Please make sure that you have downloaded the Job Description and Person Specification (one document) before considering an application; this is available in the ‘Downloads’ section at the very start of the online application process.

 You will also find in the ‘Downloads’ section a Word document which includes five competency questions for the role and space for your responses (no more than 400 words per answer). You will also be asked to write a short (500 word maximum) career summary. 

Should your application progress as outlined below, you will need to complete this form at a later stage of the application and will have just one week to complete and submit this. We recommend that you give some thought to how you might respond to these as early as possible.

Please also ensure you have read the information in the ‘Specialist Groups’ tab, which outlines the specialist expertise we are interested in attracting to make up membership of the Test of Competence Assurance Advisory Group. 

To continue, click on the blue ‘Apply Now’ button. 

Stage Two – Registering Interest in the Test of Competence Assurance Advisory Group and Completion of Eligibility Questions 

To apply to be a Test of Competence Assurance Advisory Group Member you are first required to register your interest in the role and complete the online eligibility questions, most of which require ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers.

The NMC intend to appoint up to 15 Group Members from a range of specialist areas (listed in the tab titled ‘Test of Competence Assurance Advisory Group - Specialist Groups’). The NMC are looking for individuals from the following backgrounds:

  • Nurses, midwives and nursing associates, who are currently registered and of good standing with the NMC – to provide advice and guidance as to the relevance of the Test and contemporary clinical practice.  Members with experience or involvement in overseas recruitment or returning to practice will bring valuable insight (Registrant Group Members).
  • Individuals working in nurse, nursing associate or midwife education, who are currently registered and of good standing with the NMC. Educators will have experience in the design and delivery of nurse, midwifery or nursing associate education (Registrant Group Members working as educators).
  • Representatives of the public - the views of patients, service users and the wider public, who can bring current or previous experience of sitting on panels/committees or groups assessing the fitness to practise, conduct or competence of individuals (Lay Group Members).

A Chair of the ToC Assurance Advisory Group will be selected by the NMC from the appointed group members. The Chair might be from any of the three backgrounds described above.

When registering your interest, please ensure that you do so for the correct role – either Registrant or Lay. If you are applying to be one of the Lay Group Members you will need to apply for the role of ‘Lay Group Member’ under the reference number GSe60399.

If you are interested in becoming one of the Registrant Group Members, you will need to apply for the role of ‘Registrant Group Member’ under the reference number GSe59268. You will be asked to confirm that you hold current registration with the NMC and to provide your NMC PIN number. You will also be asked to confirm that you have never been subject to Fitness to Practise proceedings and are not currently under investigation, i.e., that you are in good standing with the NMC.

If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application. 

Stage Three – Availability for Interviews

In the online form, we will also ask you to provide the best dates for you to attend a telephone interview with GatenbySanderon on w/c 6 January or w/c 13 January, and a face-to-face interview with the NMC selection panel (at the NMC’s central London offices) in late January or early February if your application is taken forward to these stages.

Stage Four – Equal Opportunities Monitoring

You will next be asked to complete an online Equal Opportunities monitoring form. Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only.

Stage Five – Contact Information, Existing Commitments and References 

In the ‘Apply’ section of the online process, we will also ask you to complete some additional online sections, including: full name and contact information; details of other commitments/employment; conflicts of interest; and names and contact details for two referees (please note we shall NOT approach these individuals without your prior consent, and referencing will take place in early 2020 for selected candidates only).

The closing date to register your interest is 12 noon on Thursday 21st November 2019. We strongly recommend that you allow enough time to complete the above stages, as expressions of interest will NOT be accepted after this deadline and the campaign will not be re-opened at a later stage.

Please check carefully that you are registering your interest for the right position (i.e. Lay or Registrant Group Member). If you register interest for the wrong role, there is a risk that your application will be considered against the wrong field of applicants, which could disadvantage you.

Stage Six – Verbal Reasoning Tests Completed 

Verbal reasoning capacity will be key in these roles. Once you have successfully answered the eligibility questions and provided us with your preferred dates for interview, you will be asked to complete a verbal reasoning test between Friday 22nd and 5pm Monday 25th November. We use online tools with strong reliability, diversity and predictive validity criteria, and conduct adverse impact analysis to ensure the process is robust, fair and objective. The test is completed online, and will take no more than 30 minutes.

If you feel you may need reasonable adjustments when completing the online assessments, please email nmc@gatenbysanderson.com as soon as possible.  The timelines for completion of the tests cannot be altered so it is important that we are able to prepare any adjustments for you before the close date for applications.

Stage Seven – Behavioural Strength Assessment Completed

Candidates invited to progress will be asked to undertake a Behavioural Strengths Assessment between Friday 29th November and Tuesday 3rd December. Elements covered include Evaluating Problems, Investigating Issues, Building Relationships and Communication. This test should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

Stage Eight – Competency Questions and Career Summary

Candidates progressing to the next stage will be asked to complete and submit the competency questions in the application form (see above, ‘Stage One – Registering and Creating an Account’). The application form is a Word document and consists of five questions which must be answered with specific examples. Candidates should write their answers in the form in the blank spaces provided, using a font size of at least 11, and return to GatenbySanderson via email between Friday 6th December and 12 noon on Thursday 12th December.

Please ensure that your answers are thorough, explaining your role, what you did and the outcomes.

Please keep your responses within the word limit (400 words maximum per answer) as anything beyond will not be read.

The application form also includes space for you to include a 500-word summary of your work history. Please note that we do NOT require your CV. Please write your answer in the blank space provided in the application form along with your answers to the competency questions, and in a font size of at least 11.  Please note: this summary is for information and context only and will not be scored.

Stage Nine – Telephone Interview with GatenbySanderson

The next stage of the process is a competency-based telephone interview for those candidates who submit the highest-scoring responses to the competency questions. This will last no more than 45 minutes, and be linked to the competencies associated with the role; if you have expressed an interest in being considered for the Chair position, you will be asked an additional question testing your suitability for this role. These interviews will take place w/c Monday 6 January 2020 and w/c Monday 13 January 2020. Responses will be scored and graded, with the highest scoring candidates being progressed to final panel interview.

We would ask that applicants provide their preferred two dates so that we can plan the interview schedules. This information is to be provided in the online application process.

Stage Ten - NMC Panel Interviews

The candidates who score highest in telephone interviews will be asked to take part in a final interview with the NMC panel. We anticipate that 30 individuals will be progressed to final panel interviews, which will take place in late January and early February, and will be held at the NMC’s offices in central London. If you have expressed an interest in being considered for the Chair position, your suitability for this role will also be tested at this stage too.

Following the completion of all interviews, candidates will be notified of the outcome. This will be in February 2020. We will also undertake referencing in February for the successful candidates, and share with them the service agreements.

How We Will Handle Your Application

We'll deal with your application as quickly as possible.

Once you have indicated your interest in the Test of Competence Assurance Advisory Group Member roles through the website (including indicating your availability for first and second stage interviews, equal opportunities monitoring, referee details, contact information, and information on any conflicts of interest as relevant), you will receive an email acknowledgement. If you do not receive this, please contact GatenbySanderson before the deadline for submission on nmc@gatenbysanderson.com

Due to the anticipated volume of applications we are unable to offer individual feedback on applications, except for those candidates who progress to the telephone Preliminary Interviews stage with GatenbySanderson.

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities who progress to the interview stage. If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know by emailing nmc@gatenbysanderson.com.

During the application and interview processes, we'll ask you to provide details of any information about yourself which could bring into question your eligibility or ability to perform the role, or which might damage the reputation of NMC if made public. We'll conduct checks on this information, and where checks reveal information that might affect your suitability for appointment, candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss the information before a course of action is decided upon.

Successful candidates will be required to attend a one-day induction at our London offices in early March 2020.

Monitoring Information

We value diversity and inclusion and we are committed to ensuring our processes and procedures are fair, transparent and free from unlawful discrimination. We are fully committed to making the appointment process accessible at all stages for any applicants with a disability. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements. To ensure we are treating candidates fairly, we monitor diversity at all stages of the appointments process. The application process includes an online equal opportunities monitoring form.

Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only. It will not be seen by anyone directly involved in the selection process and will not be treated as part of your application. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individuals to be identified.

Reasonable Adjustments

The NMC is committed to the principles and practice of diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, as well as individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Please contact nmc@gatenbysanderson.com if you anticipate needing any reasonable adjustments for any stage of the application and selection process.   This is particularly important if you require adjustments to the online assessments.  The timelines for completion of the verbal and strengths tests cannot be altered so it is important that we are able to prepare any adjustments for you before the close date for applications.

Dealing with your concerns

We are committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. Complaints about any aspect of the appointments process for the roles will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. If you have a complaint, please contact nmc@gatenbysanderson.com.

Written complaints will be acknowledged within five days and will state the time frame within which a response can be expected. Complaints should be made within three months of the closing date for applications. For reference, GatenbySanderson’s complaints policy is available here.