Either in the short term or the longer term, you are going to need to recruit new staff (recruiting volunteers is covered elsewhere). Or you may have people already lined up to be interviewed but now wonder how to do this with social distancing and time pressures.

Online recruitment

Many local communities will be ready to either volunteer or work for you during these difficult times. Use of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) can help you get the message out quickly and cheaply. Facebook also offers paid opportunities to connect with specific targeted groups you may want to attract. You might want to have a look for local job boards as well as encouraging staff to promote vacancies through their own online networks.

The Disclosure and Barring System (DBS) validates documents to ensure that the most suitable people are appointed to roles working with these vulnerable groups. The present regulations around having to see documents face to face are currently being relaxed. 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. More detail can be found here.

Useful for: cheap, fast, and recruiting staff for a wide coverage of vacancies

Equipment required: At least one computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone which can access the internet. 

Video interviews

There are several free apps that you and the candidates can use to see and hear each other. They’re free for light use (around 40mins) and include apps like Skype, Whereby, Zoom, Facebook messenger, Facetime (Apple devices only), WhatsApp etc. If you have NHSmail, MS Teams comes as part of that package.

Useful for: interviewing candidates remotely.

Equipment required: At least one computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone which can access the internet. Whichever device you use needs to have access to a camera and microphone.