Values Based Recruitment

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England, and sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled. Health Education England (HEE) has a statutory duty to promote the NHS Constitution. There has been an increasing focus on values in recent years which highlighted the vital role of the workforce in providing high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare, particularly the values and behaviours of staff caring for patients.

Values Based Recruitment (VBR) is an approach which attracts and selects students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution. The values, which were developed by patients, public and staff and describe the experience each patient should expect from the NHS, are:

  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to Quality of Care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Working together for patients
  • Everyone counts

The purpose of Health Education England’s VBR programme is to ensure that the future and current NHS workforce is selected against the values of the NHS Constitution so that we recruit for the right workforce not only with the right skills but with the right values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care and experience.

All students recruited to NHS funded training programmes from April 2015 are required to demonstrate that their values match those of the NHS Constitution as directed by the HEE VBR framework. The framework is designed to bring about a single standardised approach to recruiting students and complement existing recruitment processes which recruit students for their skills and aptitude.

For further information please visit the Health Education England website.


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