26 NHS Band 6 Job Interview Questions & Answers

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Q1. Tell me about yourself?

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“Over the years I have gained considerable experience in a multitude of different areas and situations that have enabled me to consistently maintain competence in my role. Health, safety and security are at the top of my priorities whilst carrying out my duties and this focus allows me to provide outstanding care for our patients. In everything I do I consistently demonstrate respect and compassion and I always focus on delivering a first-class service for the NHS. My technical skills and knowledge, I believe, are second to none; I have a definitive career progression plan and I always ensure I dedicate time to my own professional development. Finally, I am a strong communicator who understands that, for communication to be effective, it needs to be a two-way process. If I am successful, I will always support other NHS workers, teams and departments to achieve their goal and I will ensure the work I do is always in line with the important NHS values.”

Q2. Why do you want to work for the NHS?

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“I want to work for the NHS because, in my opinion, it is simply the best healthcare organization in the world. I say this because the passion everyone puts in to delivering outstanding patient care is incredible. Everyone I have seen in the NHS works tirelessly to provide a service that meets the expectations of patients and there is a real commitment to continuous improvement and development. Working for this organization would be a great privilege and I would take pride in collaborating with all the other healthcare professionals to meet the objectives of this NHS Trust.”

Q3. Tell me about a time when your communication skills helped to resolve a confrontational or challenging situation?
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Q4. Tell me about a time when someone asked you to do something that went against your values?
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Q5. How do you approach identifying and developing talent in a team?
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Q6. Tell me how you have contributed to the health, safety or security of a previous healthcare organization or department?
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Q7. What are your strengths and weakness?
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Q8. What is Clinical Governance?
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Q9. What are the NHS values and tell me about a time when you demonstrated one of them in a previous healthcare situation?
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Q10. How will you handle the stress and pressure that comes with this NHS Band 6 role?
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Q11. Tell me which aspects of this Band 6 position you will find the most challenging, and also the most enjoyable?
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Q12. Tell me about a previous situation you were in where you completed a difficult task under pressure?
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Q13. Describe a situation you were in where you delivered total commitment to the quality of care?
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Q14. You overhear a member of staff talking inappropriately to a patient. What would you do?
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Q15. Tell me how you would deal with an aggressive patient whilst working in this Band 6 position?
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Q16. Tell me everything you know about infection control?
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Q17. What is professional duty of candour?
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Q18. What is safeguarding?
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Q19. Tell me about a time when you had to adapt your style of communication to get your message across?
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Q20. What would you do in this Band 6 role to contribute to the improvement of our NHS Trust?
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Q21. If you didn’t get on with someone within your team, what would you do?
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Q22. What is confidentiality in the workplace?
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Q23. A patient you are looking after refuses treatment. What would you do?
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Q24. How would you deal with a member of staff who was not performing to the necessary standards?
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Q25. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Q26. That’s the end of your NHS Band 6 job interview. Do you have any questions for the panel?
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Band 6 NHS Job Roles, Skills and Qualities!


There are many different roles available within the NHS that fall within the Band 6 pay scale. The following list of Band 6 roles are the most common advertised positions within the National Health Service. Below the list of jobs, we have provided you with a list of the core skills and qualities needed to perform each position to the correct standards.

  • Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse;
  • Occupational Therapist;
  • Band 6 Nurse;
  • Specialist Biomedical Scientist – Band 6;
  • Band 6 Physiotherapist;
  • Health Visitor;
  • Advanced Audiologist – Band 6;
  • Band 6Clinical Research Nurse;
  • Midwife Band 6;
  • Senior Mental Health Practitioner;
  • Senior Anaesthetic Practitioner Band 6;
  • Band 6 Contraception Nurse;
  • Locum: Band 6 Senior HR Advisor;
  • Band 6 Dietitian;
  • Case Manager Band 6.

SKILLS AND QUALITIES NEEDEED WITHIN BAND 6 NHS POSITIONS

A variety of different skills, qualities and competencies are required within all NHS Band 6 job roles. The following list is not exhaustive. However, it will provide you with an understanding of the foundations needed for all positions.

  • An ability to maintain technical competence in the role and demonstrate a deeper understanding of the NHS values and mission;
  • Be able to provide outstanding patient treatment and care;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and always remember that, in order to be effective, communication must be a two-way process;
  • Focus on health, safety and security and be able to adhere to NHS working practices and procedures;
  • Identify and nurture talent within the NHS and help people within your team to develop a robust career progression plan;
  • Be aware of the need for you own career development plan and for maintaining competence through CPD;
  • Collaborate with other NHS workers to ensure a first-class service is provided to all patients;
  • Demonstrate equality and fairness in everything you do;
  • Create solutions to challenging problems and be able to work effectively whilst under pressure;
  • Be able to respond constructively to feedback given and take appropriate steps to improve;
  • Be prepared to challenge inappropriate behaviour if and when it occurs;
  • Work tirelessly to uphold the vales of the NHS in all of your work and encourage others to do the same.

NHS BAND 6 JOB INTERVIEW TIPS! HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BAND SIX INTERVIEW!

The following five tips will help you to prepare for any Band 6 job interview! Read them carefully before implementing them into your pre-interview preparation plan.

BAND 6 NHS INTERVIEW TIP #1

During your interview, you will be assessed against a number or important competencies. The competencies include service improvement, equality and diversity, quality of care, compassion, technical and role specific skills, communication, personal and people development and health, safety and security. Prior to attending your Band 6 interview, consider all of these areas carefully and think of situations where you have demonstrated them in previous healthcare roles.

BAND 6 NHS INTERVIEW TIP #2

Ongoing change and a commitment to improvement and development are essential aspects of working within all NHS Band 6 roles. Try to think of a previous situation you have been in where you supported change or made suggestions to help drive it forward.

BAND 6 NHS INTERVIEW TIP #3

Be prepared for probing questions following each answer you give during your Band 6 interview. Probing questions are designed to assess further your ability to meet the requirements of the role and they can include:

  1. Upon reflection, did you think you handled the situation correctly?
  2. If the same situation came up again, would you dop things differently?
  3. What relevance did the situation have to this post?
  4. Is there anything else you think we should know that supports your application for this position?

BAND 6 NHS INTERVIEW TIP #4

When you are talking about dealing with patients in previous situations, the following keywords and phrases will be useful for helping you to score highly:

“I used a sensitive approach when dealing with the patient.”

“I demonstrated kindles, empathy and consideration.”

“I utilised a patient-centred approach when conducting my assessment.”

“I listened and I was non-judgemental.”

“I considered how the person must have been feeling.”

BAND 6 NHS INTERVIEW TIP #5

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