If you work in or are considering your next pharmaceutical role, you may be required to undertake a DBS check. A DBS check is obligatory for anyone who completes or supervises someone working in close contact with children or vulnerable adults. This includes anyone who does or may be responsible for administering the COVID-19 vaccine to under 18s.
During the covid-19 pandemic, fast-track emergency checks are available for free. Find out more here.
Enhanced DBS Checks For Pharmacy Workers
Any healthcare professional, including those that work in a pharmacy, must have the correct level of DBS checked against them.
Those that provide healthcare for children or vulnerable adults, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, are eligible for an Enhanced DBS check, with the barred lists checked for the appropriate groups. Since the extension of the covid-19 vaccine rollout to under 18s, this includes anyone responsible for administering the injections. Pharmacists and chemists responsible for administering the covid-19 vaccine must be checked against the children’s barred list.
An Enhanced DBS check is the most in-depth criminal record check and discloses all spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.
Which Pharmacy Workers Need A DBS Check?
The required level of DBS check, and whether a DBS check is required at all, is determined by the job specification and responsibilities.
A DBS check may be required by:
- Pharmacy technicians
- Pharmacy dispensers
- Pharmacy assistants
A DBS check will not normally be required by:
- Pharmaceutical delivery drivers
This will be determined by who the worker interacts with and for how long. We can assess each situation for you and advise whether a DBS check is required and if so, what type. Contact us here for more information.
DBS Checks for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians provide healthcare for adults and children, which is classed as a “regulated activity”. As such they are eligible for an Enhanced DBS check.
DBS Checks for Pharmaceutical Delivery Drivers
While it is good practice for pharmacies to request a DBS check for their delivery drivers, there is no obligation to do so, unless the driver is delivering controlled drugs.
DBS Checks for Dispensers and Assistants
Any assistant or dispenser that advises children or vulnerable adults on their healthcare three times or more in 30 days is eligible for an Enhanced DBS check, as well as those that supervise others who advise.
DBS Checks for Other Pharmacy Employees
Any pharmacy worker that is likely to have regular contact with people receiving healthcare – in this case pharmacy customers – should have a Standard DBS check. Those not regularly in contact with people receiving healthcare can apply for a Basic DBS check. This has no eligibility criteria; anyone over the age of 16 can apply.
Why Choose Care Check For Your Pharmacy Worker DBS Check?
- All applications, checks, certificates and storage are carried out online, making the process fast and pain-free.
- 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’re 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About DBS Checks For Pharmacy Workers
Pharmacists typically work in a public-facing role, providing healthcare advice to people in the community, including children and vulnerable adults. In this case, an Enhanced DBS check will be required.
If the worker is in regular contact with people receiving healthcare, or supervises someone that does, they should have a Standard DBS check.
Yes. Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for a Basic DBS check – only Standard and Advanced DBS checks have eligibility criteria.
Yes. Following the extension of the vaccine rollout to under 18s, anyone tasked with administering the vaccine requires an Advanced DBS check.
It is also worth noting that DBS checks at any level are only accurate up to the point the certificate is issued. Therefore, additional checks need to be carried out frequently.
Pharmacy workers are typically subjected to a DBS check, which will reveal details of a criminal record. Employers have to treat all applicants fairly however, regardless of their background. A decision should be made based on whether the criminal record affects the applicant’s ability to keep others safe. Pharmacy workers, for example, will typically work with children. This means that a crime against a child would likely prevent a position from being offered.