25 NHS Band 8A & 8B Interview Questions & Answers

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Q1. Tell me about yourself and why you want this Band 8 position?

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“There comes a huge amount of responsibility with this Band 8 position and over the years, I feel I have gained sufficient expertise, knowledge and interpersonal and management skills to excel within the role. I have vast experience in treatment and care, clinical practice, management and leadership, auditing, training and staff development. I can work autonomously, manage a large caseload of patients whilst delivering outstanding care and treatment, and I will always ensure my area of specialism continually improves and develops whilst acting as a positive role model for this NHS Trust. If you employ me in this position, I will demonstrate exceptional leadership and knowledge, provide outstanding standards of care and patient treatment whilst upholding the important values that are determined by the National Health Service.”

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

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“The NHS is challenging, and I mean that from a positive perspective. To work for an organization that has to continually change, adapt, respond to external pressures whilst at the same time motivating and developing its staff, would be an absolute honour and a privilege. Each year the NHS deals with an increase in patient numbers; it constantly provides exceptional service and patient care and it is always developing, innovating and improving. I want to work for the NHS because my own personal and professional values are aligned with those the NHS has developed and the expertise and knowledge I have built up over the years would be most suited to an organisation of this size, this complexity and where a high level of responsibility and accountability is needed.”

Q3. What type of leader are you and how would you demonstrate effective leadership in this NHS Band 8 position?
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Q4. Give an example of when something didn't go your way. What did you do and how did you overcome it? What did you learn from the situation?
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Q5. How would you demonstrate the NHS values in this Band 8 position?
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Q6. What would you do to improve the service we provide for our patients in this Band 8 position?
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Q7. Two members of your team are not getting along. How would you deal with the situation?
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Q8. What qualities are needed to be effective in this NHS Band 8 position
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Q9. Explain a situation you were in when you had to convince a team of people to do something they did not want to do?
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Q10. What changes would you make to your department if you are successful?
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Q11. How would you manage an underperforming member of your team?
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Q12. Why do you want to leave your current job?
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Q13. What’s your biggest weakness?
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Q14. Within this Band 8 position, how would you motivate your team?
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Q15. Tell me how you would support the mission of this NHS Trust in your work within this Band 8 position?
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Q16. Explain a situation you were in when you persuaded someone else to see your vision or your point of view?
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Q17. How do you prioritise your work?
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Q18. Where do you see yourself in five to ten years from now?
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Q19. Tell me a time when you managed to turn a negative situation into a positive one?
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Q20. What’s the most important characteristic needed within this Band 8 position?
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Q21. You notice two members of another department within this NHS Trust arguing. You are not directly responsible for them. What would you do?
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Q22. What are the principles of change management within the NHS?
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Q23. Describe a situation when you were able to influence a senior manager?
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Q24. What is confidentiality in the NHS?
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Q25. That’s the end of your NHS Band 8 interview. Do you have any questions for the panel?
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NHS Band 8A & Band 8B Job Description and Duties (Generic)


Within all NHS Band 8a and Band 8b job roles there comes a huge level of responsibility. Your responsibilities will include clinical and patient treatment, leadership and management, auditing and assessment, staff development and training, working collaboratively with other NHS departments, and ensuring all NHS codes of conduct, policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.

Typical duties that fall within NHs Band 8a and 8b job roles include:

  • Carry out your Band 8 duties in line with NHS policies and procedures, manage a large patient workload whilst at the same time ensuring the NHS values are demonstrated within your daily work.
  • You will have direct responsibility for the examination, assessment, monitoring and diagnosis of patients and for providing the appropriate treatment plan based on their needs.
  • Ensure a safe working environment is maintained at all times and all patients and members of staff are treated with respect and dignity in line with the NHS Trust values.
  • Provide exceptional and visible leadership and management skills whilst providing staff with advice, support and guidance on how to carry out their duties.
  • Conduct staff performance reviews and appraisals and provide direction and training as and when needed.
  • Work with other inter-organisational departments to improve patient care and in the delivery of NHS services.
  • Participate in the delivery of educational training programmes for all staff.
  • Act as a mentor to all staff that fall within your remit within the Band 8 position.
  • Create a positive learning environment for everyone and take responsibility for your own professional development.
  • Liaise with senior management team members within the NHS Trust, report on progress and respond to change on a periodic basis as and when determined by the NHS Trust.

NHS BAND 8 INTERVIEW TIPS – HOW TO PASS YOIUR BAND 8 JOB

The following tips will help you prepare effectively for your NHS band 8 role. The interview tips are suitable for all NHS all job roles within the 8a and 8b band, including lead nurse, clinical psychologist, lead neuro-psychologist, child & adolescent psychotherapist, matron, head of quality, compliance & assurance, head of finance, applied psychologist and service manager.

NHS BAND 8 INTERVIEW TIP 1

It is vital you take the time to read the job description for the Band 8 role you are being interview for and think of previous situations you have been in where you have demonstrated the essential criteria listed. The majority of band 8 roles will include an element of management, leadership, auditing, staff development and training. If you have prior experience in all of these areas, it will be to your advantage.

NHS BAND 8 INTERVIEW TIP 2

The manner in which you communicate your answers will form an integral part of the interview assessment criteria. Communication skills are an essential element of all band 8 roles and it is imperative you prepare answers in advance of the interview.

NHS BAND 8 INTERVIEW TIP 3

The NHS values will form part of the assessment criteria for your Band 8 role. Learn the values prior to attending the interview and consider previous situations you have been in where you have demonstrated and promoted them in your daily work.

NHS BAND 8 INTERVIEW TIP 4

There is a strong possibility the interview panel will utilise the NHS competency framework to asses you during the Band 8 interview. The different competencies we recommend you consider during your interview preparation include:

  • Care and Compassion;
  • Technical / Role Specific Skills;
  • Communication;
  • Personal and People Development;
  • Health, Safety and Security;
  • Service Improvement;
  • Quality and Equality and Diversity.

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  1. Annie

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