Environmental Health Together FAQs for employers

This page is intended to give your council the information it needs to take part in the Environmental Health Together programme.

1) What are the steps to register to use the Environmental Health Together service?


Council sign up page Step 1

Visit our council sign up page and click on the APPLY button at the bottom of the page or as featured in the text.

Choosing the right option Step 2

On the council sign up page you will be presented with two options:

  • Access existing account previously set up for Return to Work programmes or Social Work Together (Returning candidates) – enter email and password.

  • Set up new account (New candidates) 

Please select New candidates to set up an account.

Choosing preferences Step 3

Once you have done this you will be taken to a page which will ask you to tick a box to agree to the privacy policy. Please read these terms carefully before you agree. Then click on the email button to be taken to the register an account page.

Register an account Step 4

On the register an account page you will be presented with a form to fill out. Please complete all sections of the form. Please only use your organisation's email (not personal). Once you have read our privacy policy please tick I agree and then click save and continue to get to the next page of the form.

Completing your registration Step 5

On the next page of the form, please once again, complete all sections. Please read the declaration and tick agree to proceed. This will allow you to submit your application. Your account will then be confirmed within 2-3 working days via the email provided in your application.

If the system says your council is already registered, simply add a number after the council name for the purpose of completing your application.

Your sign up process will then be done and a member of our team will be in touch with further information.

2) I want to sign up, but when I click apply the website refers to me as a candidate. Is this right?

Yes, that is correct. As the council registration form is hosted on our recruitment website, all council applicants are classed as ‘candidates’ by our system. Please ensure that you click ‘apply’ on the council-specific advert in the first instance, and then you will be directed to the correct application form. 

3) I’ve registered as an employer – what happens now? 

Please use the unique login details emailed to you. 

You will be able to review EH professionals via the online portal and use the search facility to find those in your area (or further afield if remote working is feasible).  

4) The website says ‘vacancy’ – does this mean that candidates are applying for a specific role or just expressing their interest in supporting the coronavirus (COVID-19) effort? 

Candidates are expressing an interest in supporting the coronavirus (COVID-19) effort, letting local authorities know about their skills and experience. They are not applying for a specific vacancy. As an employer, it is up to you to decide how and where you employ them and for what length of time. You should discuss and agree the terms of employment with each candidate in a way that benefits both parties. 

5) I’m having problems with registering or viewing candidate details – what do I do? 

If you have registered on the site but are unable to view a candidate’s details, please refresh your page as the candidate may have already agreed to work with another council. If you are still experiencing problems, please email us and we will be happy to help. 

6) Will the candidates contact us? 

No. Candidates will register their interest on our online portal, and you will be able to review their skills and access their contact details to contact them. 

7) Will candidates be registered with CIEH? 

Yes, all candidates are reviewed and assessed by CIEH prior to you seeing the candidate to ensure they have suitable qualifications and experience. 

8) Will candidates have been reference-checked? 

No, candidates have not been asked to provide reference details. All councils should follow their reference check, full employee recruitment and onboarding procedures to take on the candidate. 

9) My organisation isn’t a council, but we would like to hire environmental health professionals – can I sign up? 

The Environmental Health Together programme is supporting environmental health professionals to connect with councils and local authorities only at this stage. We appreciate that many organisations are pulling together to support individuals and communities in great need, and we thank you for the vital work you are doing. If you already work with your local council to deliver environmental health protection services, please contact them directly as they may be able to support you in finding additional staff. If we expand our campaign to incorporate other employers, we will advertise this. 

10) Will candidates have access to any learning materials whilst in the talent pool and when they start working? 

Yes. We have made learning resources available to all candidates in the talent pool to provide them with refresher learning before their first day of work with you. However, this is not meant to substitute any training or induction that you will offer as an employer.