Candidates for nursing jobs at a London mental health trust are being quizzed by patients and service users as part of the recruitment process.
As Nursing Times revealed last month, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is currently in the early stages of developing an assessment tool for potential nursing staff, which will include testing their levels of compassion.
As part of this development process, the mental health trust has begun holding assessment days once a month to observe how potential nurse applicants interact with each other. The trust told Nursing Times it has also started involving service users and their carers in the interview process.
Trust chief executive Claire Murdoch said it was essential that nurses kept ‘a sense of how patients as people might be feeling’.
‘At the assessment day we often have patient and service user groups asking candidates how they would deal with real life scenarios and their feedback is invaluable,’ she said.