DBS checks are an integral component to the safety of vulnerable people and it is particularly important for safeguarding in GP surgeries.
Who Requires A DBS Check In A Surgery Or Medical Centre?
One would assume that every individual that works in a medical centre would require an Enhanced DBS check because of the nature of the environment, however, this is not the case.
Not all staff are eligible for the same level check and, to clarify, we have highlighted the key roles in a GP surgery and the appropriate level required.
Who Requires An Enhanced DBS Check?
All individuals providing healthcare in a GP surgery or medical centre would require an Enhanced DBS check. This would typically include clinical staff such as:
- Healthcare assistants;
These staff would be engaging in regulated activity with adults and children so must be checked against both barred lists.
An Enhanced DBS check is the highest level check that can be attained and displays both spent and unspent convictions, as well as cautions, warnings and reprimands.
Enhanced DBS checks also permit the police to disclose information about an applicant if they deem it appropriate for the sensitive nature of a specific role.
Who Needs A Standard DBS Check?
- Non-clinical staff include:
- Practice managers;
These roles do not meet the criteria for an Enhanced DBS check because they are not providing healthcare and would therefore require a Standard level check.
A Standard level check offers the same information as an Enhanced level check, but it does not cover the adult and child barred lists and some convictions may be filtered if they are thought to be irrelevant to the job position.
If a non-clinical member of staff had to chaperone a patient during an appointment, they would still require a Standard level check, however, if that member of staff is engaging in health care or personal care for the individual then they would qualify for an Enhanced level check.
Although the roles are clearly defined for medical centres, there is still some confusion that arises and surgeries assume that all staff require the same level check despite the differing roles. If in doubt, please contact Care Check on 0333 777 8575 and we can confirm the correct information for you. Alternatively, contacting a regulatory body such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 0333 405 33 33, will relieve any concerns regarding the appropriate DBS levels.