After nine painful weeks of going through the process of joining the Performer's list, NASGP member Mark de Kretser gives a helpful rundown of how to get through the application process. Mark provides some hints and tips, many of which we hope will avoid you having to discover the same many weeks into your application.
- The application form/guidance makes no mention of a face-to-face meeting to provide original documents and check ID or how or when to arrange this. This is best done once you have all the required documents ready and can be arranged by ringing your local Area Team (see NHS England National Performers List website for details).
- The application states that a DBS certificate should be provided, and links to the the DBS website which then states that individuals cannot apply for one! But in fact you can, and even use NHS England as a sponsor.
- The application form states that Level 3 child protection training is mandatory but implies that adult safeguarding and BLS training are not. This is completely incorrect as all three are apparently now mandatory, so to avoid being told this several weeks into the process, or worse still after your face-to-face meeting, we suggest including all evidence for this in your covering letter!
- You need to take a printed copy of the application form to your face to face meeting, as the form may not print properly and has boxes that won't accept a tick or a cross. This is a known issue, so we recommend just print out as best you can and use a pen to check any incomplete boxes.
- There is no mention anywhere of needing to provide a copy of original medical degree, but this is required. Again, add to your covering letter.
- The English language requirements section implies that unless you have a degree from a UK medical school you would have do IELTS, even despite being on a Scottish list or having been on the English list previously. Fortunately they should accept your JCPTGP certificate of equivalent experience.
- Although not stated, if a reference is to be supplied by email it must only come from an nhs.net email address unless they have the applicants written permission, as other email addresses are not considered secure.
We've provided this useful template to use as your covering letter.
But if you do get stuck, our experience is that the staff are easy to contact and are very helpful.
We'd love to know your experiences, and if you have any hints or tips that we can share with others, please add them to the comments section in this page.