NHS Employment Check Standards updated


25 / 7 / 2013 3.39pm

The NHS Employment Check Standards are subject to periodic review and have recently been revised in consultation with key stakeholders and NHS employers to ensure they remain in line with legal requirements and are fit for purpose.

The latest version was published on 25 July 2013.

Pre-appointment checking is most effective if it forms an integral part of your policies, practices and procedures for the recruitment, hiring, and where necessary, training of employees.

Changes to the standards

The Standards outline the employment checks that employers must carry out before appointing staff into NHS positions across England, including:

 1. Identity checks

2. Right to work checks

3. Professional registration and qualification checks

4. Employment history and reference checks

5. Criminal record and barring checks 

6. Work health assessments 

The changes to each standard have been summarised in detail and  can be found by clicking on the individual page links listed above.

Further information

tools and resources pageFurther supplementary support on the implementation of the standards can be found on our

If you cannot find an answer to your query, please contact us by emailing employmentchecks@nhsemployers.org.

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