DBS Checks For Carers & NHS

Care Check provides DBS checks for medical staff, carers and health & social care roles.

DBS Checks For Carers & NHS Workers

If you’re considering a health care career, or are already experienced in the industry and ready for a new role, you may be subject to background checks before you commence employment. Care Check has all the advice you may need on DBS checks for health care workers. Get in touch for more information or assistance setting up your account with us. 

Within the NHS framework, as in all care environments and services, there is a requirement for DBS checks to be undertaken for any person working in close contact, caring for or being responsible for children or vulnerable adults. 

During the covid-19 pandemic, fast-track emergency checks are available for free. Find out more here.

Enhanced DBS Checks For Healthcare Workers

Most people working in health care within the NHS must have an Enhanced DBS check with the barring list checked for groups they would be working with. For example, a paediatric nurse would have both an Enhanced DBS check and a children’s barring list check. However, a doctor working with all groups would require an Enhanced check and a child and adult barring list check.

An Enhanced DBS check is the most in-depth criminal record check and discloses all spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.

Who needs a DBS check in health Care?

An Enhanced DBS’s eligibility criteria would need to be confirmed based on the defined job specification and responsibilities. The work environment and time spent in direct contact with any vulnerable person would also need to be considered.

Whether you’re part of the NHS or will be working for an organisation that operates alongside a trust, the most common roles that will require an Enhanced check include:

All DBS checks are requested on a case by case basis. Therefore, an employer must know who an applicant is working with to determine what checks should be requested.

DBS Checks For Health Care Workers 

Any health care professional who provides personal care to a vulnerable adult or child is legally required to have an Enhanced DBS check carried out. Health care is classified as a ‘regulated’ activity and requires the highest level background check.

DBS Checks For Health Care Support Workers

Persons working within the NHS who have incidental contact with patients, such as maintenance, admin, domestic and catering staff would be eligible for a Standard level DBS check. This level of check does not cover the adults or child barring lists.

DBS Checks For Health Care Support Workers

Persons working within the NHS who have incidental contact with patients, such as maintenance, admin, domestic and catering staff would be eligible for a Standard level DBS check. This level of check does not cover the adults or child barring lists.

DBS Check For Health Care Volunteers

A volunteer is a person engaged in an activity that involves spending time unpaid (except out-of-pocket expenses) doing activities to benefit an individual or group. 

Volunteer eligibility is only applicable if the applicant is not benefiting from the work they are carrying out. For example, an individual on a course that requires them to volunteer, undertake work experience or work in a trainee position that will transition into a full-time role or qualification would not be eligible for the volunteer rate application. 

Most volunteers will require an Enhanced check, but eligibility for barring lists checks will depend on whether the volunteer would be unsupervised or not.

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Why Choose Care Check For Your DBS Check?

All applications, checks, certificates and storage are carried out online, making the entire process swifter. In fact, in many cases, we can carry out and return checks on the same day. We are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accredited, so you can trust us to protect your data.

We are also a leading umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service and can advise and assist with legislation. 

Get in touch with us online or call us on 0333 777 8585 for more information or begin the process.

DBS Checks For Carers & NHS Workers

Frequently asked questions about DBS checks for care workers

Whether you aim to work in a care home or as a carer that goes into patient’s homes to deliver care; you will be subjected to an Enhanced DBS check. Depending on what your job role entails will influence whether your check should include the barring list.

In a word, yes. While DBS checks, in general, are not a legal requirement, because health care is a regulated activity, employers are legally obliged to carry out relevant checks.

How often DBS checks are updated for roles within the NHS vary depending on location and risk factors, and there is no legal requirement to carry out periodic checks. With that said, it is common for checks to be updated within the NHS every three years. This is because a DBS check is only relevant up until the moment the certificate was issued.

Employers must treat you fairly regardless of what shows up on your check. An employer will need to decide whether your record will impact your ability to carry out the role and keep everyone safe. For example, if your crime was against a child, and the position you are applying for puts you in direct contact with children, it would be reasonable not to offer you the job.

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