Hesley Group Recruitment FAQs During COVID-19

We know that times are difficult and uncertain for many. If you’ve found yourself looking for alternative employment due to the current situation why not apply now to join our fantastic teams who are continuing to provide quality care and support for the children and adults who live within our services.

Below we have a few of the frequently asked questions with regards to our recruitment process during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Are Hesley Group still recruiting?
Yes, Hesley Group are continuing to recruit to all roles where required.

Are interviews going to be carried out face to face or virtually?
Interviews will be carried out via telephone, zoom or skype.  When Support Worker candidates have confirmed their interview, a video link will be sent out to candidates before their interview. 

Is the application process still the same? 
There are no changes to the application process.  All Hesley Group applications are via our careers portal www.careers.hesleygroup.co.uk.  All applications can be accessed remotely by our hiring managers.  Candidates invited to an interview will receive all communication via email and text.  

If I have a skype or telephone interview, how do I provide my DBS and Right To Work documentation to the interview panel?

As the public is being advised to work from home where possible, this is causing difficulties in receiving the physical documents and is delaying applications, and in some cases, preventing applications from being submitted.

To ensure that the necessary DBS checks can still be carried out, the DBS standard and enhanced ID checking guidance will be changed for a temporary period.

The change will enable:

• ID documents to be viewed over video link.
• scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted.

The applicant will be required to present the original versions of these documents when they first attend their employment or volunteering role.

Will Hesley Group benefit from the new fast tracked barred list check service?
Yes. In response to COVID 19, the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will put temporary arrangements in place to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the adults’ and children’s barred lists free-of-charge to healthcare and social care workers being recruited in connection with the care and treatment of COVID 19 in England and Wales.
These arrangements will provide employers with the option to appoint new recruits into regulated activity with adults and/or children, as long as the individuals are not barred and appropriate measures are put in place to manage the individual until the full DBS check is received.

This service will be available from Monday 30th March 2020. 

Applications received before this date will not benefit from the service. 

Will new staff be classed as Key Workers?
New staff, who are due to start employment with Hesley Group, will be issued a Key Worker letter on their first day of induction. 

Do I need to have a Health Assessment prior to starting work?  And, if so, how will this work given the current demands on the NHS?
New staff should still complete the usual Occupational Health Assessment Form. 

Will the Induction Training be face to face and on-site at the service I am joining?
Yes, it will be face to face.  All corporate induction training will be off-site either at Mexborough Business Centre, Hesley Hall or at Copperclay Mews dependent on the cohort size. 

The usual three-week induction has been changed to two weeks long and fully supported by the Workforce Development Team (including Assessors and Mentors where needed).