Archive for April, 2012

Psychometric Tests

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Increasing number of trusts is employing psychometric tests as part of consultant recruitment process.

What is the purpose of psychometric tests?

These tests (sometimes known as personality profiling) are used to assess ability, performance and behaviour of the candidate. These tests can provide an insight into assess personal qualities, such as personality, beliefs, social competence, values and interests and to measure motivation or drive.

They are used to provide employers with a reliable method of selecting the most suitable job applicants or candidates for the job advertised.

How is psychometric test conducted?

The test generally consists of a series of multiple choice questions. Questions focus on specific traits of the individual’s personality.

The questionnaire is subsequently assessed by a psychologist or other trained assessor. The questionnaire may also be followed by an interview with a psychologist/trained assessor to validate the results further.

How do psychometric test results impact on consultant recruitment?

The tests provide additional useful information to inform the final selection of the candidate. The test results may be used in the interview to guide specific questions.

These tests are not about passing or failing but about giving a profile of the candidate  to the employer, whose task it is to match an applicant to the job or work place.

Can you prepare for the psychometric test?

No, because there are no right or wrong answers. Further, each department look for specific personality traits in the candidates and trying to second guess the answers may be counter- productive.

Tip: Try and provide honest answers rather than perceived best answer lest you come across as inconsistent.


Health and Social Care Bill

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Health and Social Care Bill overcame its last hurdle after passing through the Houses of Lords and Commons and has received Royal Assent . There has clearly been much difference of opinion and debate regarding the content and potential impact of the Bill.

NHS constitution updated

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

An updated NHS Constitution was published on 8th March 2012. The new version of the Constitution, which applies to England, replaces the previous version of the Constitution published in 2010. There is also an updated handbook to accompany it.

As part of a series of measures intended to highlight the importance of whistleblowing in the NHS, the updated Constitution includes:

  • an expectation that staff should raise concerns at the earliest opportunity
  • a pledge that NHS organisations should support staff when raising concerns by ensuring their concerns are fully investigated and that there is someone independent, outside of their team, to speak to
  • clarity around the existing legal right for staff to raise concerns about safety, malpractice or other wrong doing without suffering any detriment

The hope is that the above change in NHS constitution would make it easier for staff to raise concerns about poor patient care and thus create a culture of patient safety.