Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a list of your vacancies?

NHS Lothian advertises all medical vacancies on  All other NHS Lothian vacancies are advertised on the NHS Scotland website

How often do you update your vacancies?

Our vacancies are updated daily.

Can I apply on-line?

Yes, there are three ways you can apply for NHS Lothian vacancies:

On-line – On the SHOW website click on the ‘Apply on-line’ tab and follow the instructions

By e-mail – If you have e-mail you can request a pack and return it this way or you can download the application form from the SHOW website and e-mail it in.

By telephone - You can telephone the recruitment hotline on 0131 536 3030 and ask for an application form to be sent to you. You will need to clearly state your full name, address and the post reference number for the vacancy.

Where can I get help to complete my application form?

There is guidance on completing the application form within the job packs which can be downloaded or posted to you. If you require the pack to be in large font, Braille, etc. please contact the recruitment number within the job pack and we will arrange this.

Where do I send my completed form?

Completed application can be e-mailed to: or posted to: The Recruitment Centre, St. John’s Hospital at Howden, Howden Road West, Livingston, EH54 6PP

How will I know you have received my application form?

Acknowledgements are sent automatically for on-line applications. If you require confirmation of your application being received by e-mail or post then you will need to request this.

When will I find out if I have been shortlisted for interview?

If you have not heard from us within six weeks of the closing date, it is unlikely you will have been shortlisted. Candidates who have been shortlisted will receive an interview invite.

If I have not been shortlisted for interview can you tell me why?

Yes, you can contact the recruitment department to find out. You will need to state the reference number but it is advisable to wait five or six weeks before you enquire.

I have been selected for interview, what can I do to prepare?

If you have a disability, and in order to attend the interview you require special arrangements to be made, then you should indicate any special requirements needed when you phone to confirm you will be attending the interview.

Plan your journey, check how long the journey will take. Check if there are problems parking on site. Plan an alternative means of getting there – be prepared for the unexpected.

Gather the information required. Bring items you have been asked for: for example, qualifications, driving licence, passport, confirmation of eligibility to work in the UK.

Prepare for questions you might be asked. Thorough preparations will give you the confidence to do your best at interview.

If I have been successful at interview what happens next?

You will receive a provisional offer letter. All our offers are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks - references, Occupational Health screening and where appropriate, Disclosure Scotland or Protection of Vulnerable Groups clearance.

If I have been unsuccessful at interview, what can I do?

You will be sent a regret letter if you have been unsuccessful. There will be contact details for the chair of the panel and you could contact him/ her for feedback on your interview technique. This could be useful for improving your performance next time.

Last Reviewed: 04/11/2015