The NHS is a huge healthcare organisation in the UK with many roles and professions, from maintenance technicians, secretaries, administrators, nurses, surgeons and many more. All of these are required to ensure that the organisation functions smoothly, serving the patients and the population of the United Kingdom. Although the men and women of the NHS come in various guises and professions, you will find that they all have one thing in common. All NHS staff, regardless of position, must demonstrate the organisation’s six core values. These are the foundations of the NHS and the service it provides.
Most of us living in the UK have benefited from the services of the NHS and have witnessed first-hand the NHS values and the excellent work the NHS staff do to serve the community and uphold the organisation’s values. NHS values are not something that can be taught. The staff of the NHS have made a conscious decision to serve the public, not because of the money they earn, but for the reward of helping others and providing a service which makes a real difference to the community.
When you are submitting a CV to the NHS for the first time and throughout your career with the organisation, you will be required to submit a CV when you apply for any positions. Within the CV, you will need to tailor the content to the job description and include any relevant skills, qualities, and attributes.
You will also be required to demonstrate the organisation’s values within your CV. This is vital. If you rely on your experience – no matter how much you have – if you do not include the organisation’s values and the required competencies and skills, you are likely to fail.
Why you may ask? If you think about this logically from an assessor’s point of view, their task will be to sift through 100s if not thousands of CVs, and they will be looking for certain triggers or keywords. If your CV has just the experience but not the keywords (competencies, skills, & values), there is every chance this could be discarded.
Experience is important, but so are the competencies, skills and values, so include both and make your CV stand out!
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Within this comprehensive guide, you can download fully editable nurse CV templates that are already pre-loaded with the skills, qualities, and core competency keywords needed to submit a successful CV. Within the guide, we will also show you how to submit a winning CV, when you are applying for any positions in the NHS, or any healthcare organisation.
The guide will explain what a CV is, how to structure it and what to do to avoid your CV ending up in the bin. We will explain the importance of tailoring your CV and how you can easily spot the required skills and qualities from looking at the job description.
In addition to this, the guide will also explain to you what skills, qualities, and values are essential to the role and how you can easily demonstrate these within your CV. To assist you further, we have included pre-loaded examples of the required skills and qualities within the CVs, so all you need to do is match these to your experiences and personal profile.
THE REQUIRED SKILLS, VALUES AND COMPETENCIES FOR NHS APPLICANTS
As previously explained, having the desired experience will simply not be enough to be successful in getting to the next stage. You will need to include the required skills & competencies from the job description, plus the organisation’s values.
You can find out the values of an organisation by checking their website, or if the organisation is large, you are likely to be able to search for these online. As an example of what to include, we will look at the NHS Values as these tend to match (almost identically) to the biggest healthcare providers worldwide. So, if you were applying for a role within the NHS as a nurse, you would be required to be able to demonstrate the following values on your CV:
WHAT ARE THE NHS VALUES?
Working together for patients
Patients must always come first in everything you do when working in the NHS.
Working in the NHS means maximising resources to make sure they benefit everyone. It will be your duty to ensure no person is discriminated against, excluded, or left behind. Inclusive working is very much at the heart of the NHS.
Respect and dignity
Without respect and dignity, the NHS would not be able to provide outstanding service and care. Respect and dignity apply to everyone, including patients, their family, contractors, suppliers, and work colleagues.
Every contact you have with a patient in the NHS should be used to improve their health and wellbeing. Working in the NHS is not limited to assessment, treatment, and care; it is about advice and education too.
Commitment to quality of care
The highest standards of care must be maintained at all times in your NHS duties. You must seek to improve, learn, provide the right quality and standards of care, and work to earn the trust that has been placed in you by the patients.
The NHS would not be the service it is today without compassion and empathy. NHS staff ensure that compassion, kindness, and understanding are central to everything they do.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES COMPETENCIES
Now we have a better understanding of an example of values, we will look at some of the skills and competencies you will also have to demonstrate on your CV to be successful. Again, we have used the NHS as an example, but these skills and competencies match the vast majority of healthcare providers (private and government-funded) worldwide:
Any NHS applicant must have excellent communication and listening skills when dealing with patients, colleagues, and relatives.
Patient confidentiality is paramount and must be adhered to at all times.
Accuracy & Attention to Detail
As a safety-critical position with the patient’s welfare in your hands, you must have excellent concentration and attention to detail skills.
Follow rules and Procedures
It is vital that all healthcare workers are able to strictly follow rules and operational procedures.
Remain Calm Under Pressure
Working for the NHS is a high-pressure job, and at times you will be required to perform your duties under high levels of pressure, such as in the event of an emergency.
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