A covering letter is a document included by you in the completed application for any job in NHS. THis letter is meant ONLY for the medical staffing officers and not for the shortlisting panel. It intends to give a brief description about the post you have applied for, your contact details and other vitals etc. It is meant to help the medical staffing with putting your application in right place and help them get all your contact info in one place if they need to (e.g. in case of a shortlisting). Moreover it minimises the chances of your application from being misplaced in their records. It is not essential to send a covering letter if it is not specified, but we would recommend sending one with every application as a part of GOOD APPLICATION PRACTICE.
You can write the letter by hand or get it typed if you have an access to a computer. It does not matter how you do it. A lot of people will tell you to include only the typed covering letters but we are of the opinion that it is just a waste of time (which can be spent elsewhere for better results) if you do not have an access to a computer. We know many people who got BIG ROTATIONS with handwritten covering letters.
Your Contact Telephone
Name (if available)
Medical Staffing Officer (or specified designation)
Dear Surname/Medical Staffing Officer,
SUBJECT: Application for the post of SHO [your subject] reference number [12xyz]
***NOte that in british application, subject features after the dear line (unlike Indian application)
Please accept my application for the post of SHO [your subject] advertised in [bmj or source] on date [dd/mm/yyyy]. The reference number for the post is [12xyz - if given]. The advert number for the advertisement is [12xyz - if taken from bmj]. The last date for the application is [dd/mm/yyyy].
Please find enclosed
- x [specified] number of CVs/ Forms.
- [specified documents]
GMC number: 888888
Just pin or put this covering letter on top of all the forms or cv or documents and post it along with the application.
If you have any further questions about the covering letter, post in this thread and we will be happy to assist you.
Note: Originally Posted by RxPG Team at http://www.rxpgonline.com/postt12373.html