Safe and fair recruitment events round-up

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NHS Employers recently hosted two events focusing on safe and fair recruitment practice in the NHS.

Delegates at the events in Leeds and in London heard about some of the barriers that individuals can face in seeking gainful employment, particularly following homelessness or when applicants may have a criminal record.

At the events, individuals with lived experience shared their stories, speaking about how employment had helped them to turn their lives around. Delegates also heard about examples of inclusive recruitment programmes and from the Disclosure and Barring Service, who explained their role in ensuring a safe workforce.

The key messages included:

  • that mitigating against harm doesn't stop with the recruitment process, it requires a more holistic approach with considerations throughout the employment journey to ensure people remain safe and suitable for the role
  • that there is a need to continually review how we approach recruitment in the NHS to meet the priorities in the Interim NHS People Plan and to ensure people of all backgrounds see the NHS as an employer of choice
  • by using lived experiences and good practice already adopted within the NHS trusts and other sector organisations, we can ensure recruitment policies and processes are inclusive and the benefits in widening the talent pipeline can be fully recognised.

If you were unable to attend the event, slides from the day can be accessed on the Leeds and London event pages.

NHS Employers believes in the benefits of recruiting widely from your communities and has several resources to support employers to do this safely and fairly.

Positive disclosure discussion guide - this guide aims to support recruiting managers to follow best practice when an applicant declares a previous criminal conviction.

Inclusive recruitment resources - this includes a number of resources to help you attract and retain disabled talent in your organisation.

Recruiting from your community web pages - top tips for recruiting a diverse, innovative and creative workforce and help tackle a broad range of workforce supply issues.

Nacro, a social justice charity, also have useful resources including their guide to recruiting safely and fairly.

If you have examples of recruiting safely and fairly from your community, please email

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