Application process

This is an online, competency-based application process.

Registering and creating an account

If you are not already registered, you will need to create an account at  by clicking the red ‘Create my Account’ button on the right. Choose a username and password. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using the username and password you have created.

We'll communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We'll send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. This is to protect your privacy.

Please make sure that you have downloaded and read the competency framework and Values Model for the role of Panel Member before considering an application. When you have satisfied yourself that you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements, click on the red ‘Apply Now’ button. 

We'll be holding a Twitter Chat in late May, details of which will be released soon. This will provide an opportunity for you to speak directly to us and find out more about the organisation and these roles. Information will be available via the website, if you would like us to keep you informed of when this will take place and how you can get involved, please register your interest via 

The role will go live and begin accepting applications on Monday 14 May 2018.

1. Eligibility questions

You will be asked a series of eligibility questions, most of which require ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

2. Competency based questions

You be asked 5 questions which are designed to assess your experience against the five key criteria for the role, which are:

  • Integrity & Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Analytical Skills & Decision-Making
  • Resilience
  • Working with Others

When answering these questions, you should take into consideration the role of the Panel Member and ensure that your examples demonstrate relevance and transferability to the role of a Panel Member at the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Please write no more than 300 words per answer.

The final stage of the online application will ask you to complete some additional sections, including providing two referees (references will be taken before the final interview, so please ensure referees are aware that they will be contacted), and details of other commitments and conflicts of interest. Once complete, you will be asked to make a final submission of your application. Once submitted, you can't retrieve your application to make any further amendments so ensure you are happy that it is fully complete. Please also allow yourself sufficient time to complete the process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with online recruitment processes.

Your online application must be made by no later than 12:00 on Monday 18 June 2018.

3. Situational Judgement Test

Once the closing date has passed, you will receive an email from GatenbySanderson, providing you with a unique link to a situational judgement test (SJT).

You will be asked to respond to 14 different scenarios that you might face as a Panel Member at the NMC, each with four actions / options that you might take.  You will be asked to consider which of the options you are most likely to take and which you are least likely to take.  These situations will provide you with a valuable insight into some of the challenges and decisions you might face as a Panel Member, whilst also assessing whether your approach to these situations is a good fit with the requirements of the Panel Member role at the NMC.  Full instructions will be provided to you, including an example question. The SJT is untimed but should take you around 30 minutes to complete.

The SJT will be issued on Tuesday 19th June.  You are need to complete the SJT by 12:00 on Monday 2 July 2018. Please allow time to complete this as part of your application, candidates who do not complete the SJT by the given deadline can't be progressed, no exceptions can be made.  If you have not received a link by Wednesday 20 June 2018, please check your spam/junk email folders, and email  if you still can't find an email from us.

You will also be asked to complete an Equal Opportunities form at this stage.

4. Online assessment

Candidates invited to progress will be invited to participate in two online assessments. This will involve a questionnaire to understand your strengths in critical work areas and a reasoning test to measure your analytical skills and decision making.

This assessment will be issued on Friday 27 July 2018 and must be completed by 12.00 on Monday 6 August 2018.

5. Interview

The next stage of the process is a competency-based interview. This 45-minute interview will be held either in London, Leeds, Cardiff or Edinburgh or Belfast. Interviews will take place between Monday 3 September and Friday 21 September 2018.

Following the completion of interviews, successful candidates will be notified in early October 2018, with training to take place later in the year. The training process forms part of the overall selection process, we'll pay travel and accommodation costs but will not pay an attendance fee.

Process timetable

Milestone Date

Closing date for applications

Monday 18 June 2018, 12:00

SJT completion deadline

Monday 2 July 2018, 12:00

Notification of application outcome

Friday 27 July 2018

Online assessment completion deadline

Monday 6 August 2018, 12:00


Monday 3 September - Friday 21 September 2018



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Timings above are indicative and may be subject to change. Any changes will be clearly communicated via the website, or via email during the later stages of the process.

How we will handle your application

We'll deal with your application as quickly as possible.

Once you have submitted your application through the website, its receipt will be acknowledged. If you do not receive this, please contact GatenbySanderson before the deadline for submission on

Once all applications and SJTs are complete, we will commence the assessment process. We will begin by scoring the SJT and progressing only the highest scoring applicants to the assessment of online competency-based questions. This will mean that candidates who do not pass the SJT assessment will not have their competency responses graded. If unsuccessful at this stage, you will receive feedback on your SJT response via email, but due to the anticipated volume of applications we are unable to offer individual feedback on your competency-based responses.

The assessment of the competency responses in your application will be evidence led. Your application will be assessed and scored only on the basis of the responses given against the competencies for the post. It is important that you respond to the competency-based questions in as much detail as possible within the word limit constraints. Your response to each section should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet each criterion (including what you did to achieve a specific result). Each criterion will be marked out of five.

In selecting people for assessment and interview, the panel will ensure that all the applicants demonstrate any essential requirements in the competencies and experience for the post. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by e-mail.

GatenbySanderson will conduct interviews between 3 September and 21 September 2018 , you will be contacted directly by a member of the GatenbySanderson team to arrange this interview. The interview will assess your fit against the required competencies and will also explore broader context such as motivations and ability to commit the required time per month, as well as any actual or perceived conflicts of interest. The interviews will take place in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities who progress to preliminary and final interviews. If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know.

References for candidates invited to interview will be taken during the week commencing Monday 6 August – please ensure that your referees are aware that they will be contacted during this time.

During the application and interview processes, we'll ask you to provide details of any information about yourself which could bring into question your eligibility or ability to perform the role, or which might damage the reputation of the NMC if made public. We'll conduct checks on this information, and where checks reveal information that might affect your ability for appointment candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss the information before a course of action is decided upon.

A final meeting to assess all candidates will take place during the week commencing Monday 24 September, following which we'll make a swift decision on who to invite to training. We'll tell you via telephone you as soon as the outcome is confirmed. If you are unsuccessful following an interview, a conversation to provide detailed feedback can be arranged.

Successful candidates will be required to attend a two-day induction training event in October, the exact date will be confirmed nearer the time. You will be reimbursed for travel expenses to this training, and lunch will be provided, however you will not be remunerated for your attendance.

Final appointments are made only upon approval by NMC’s Council, who will rely on recommendations from the Appointments Board, which will meet shortly after the completion of the above process, to confirm the final list of appointees, and to ensure that a fair and objective assessment process has been followed.

Monitoring information

We value equality and diversity and we are committed to ensuring its processes and procedures are fair, transparent and free from unlawful discrimination. We are fully committed to making the appointment process accessible at all stages for any applicants with a disability. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements. To ensure we are treating candidates fairly, we monitor diversity at all stages of the appointments process. The application process includes an online equal opportunities monitoring form. 

Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only. It will not be seen by anyone directly involved in the selection process and will not be treated as part of your application. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individuals to be identified.

Dealing with your concerns

We are committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. Complaints about any aspect of the appointments process for the Panel member role will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. If you have a complaint, please contact appointment adviser, Adam Davidson, GatenbySanderson, at 12 Appold Street, London EC2 2AW. (email

Written complaints will be acknowledged within 5 days and will state the time frame within which a response can be expected. Complaints should be made within three months of the closing date for applications. For reference, GatenbySanderson’s complaints policy is available here.

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