Seeking assurances on compliance of the Employment Check Standards (temporary workers and contractors)

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14 / 7 / 2014 1.55pm

The NHS Employment Check standards apply to all applications for NHS positions and staff in ongoing NHS employment. This includes permanent staff, staff on fixed-term contracts, volunteers, students, trainees, contractors, highly mobile staff, temporary workers (including locum doctors), those working on a trust bank, and other workers supplied by an agency.

Trusts using agency, contractor or other external bodies to provide services must ensure, through regular audit and monitoring, that their providers comply with these standards.

All external staffing providers (including contractors and agencies) that have a National Agency Framework Agreement with the Crown Commercial Services’ (CCS) are required to give assurances that adequate pre-employment processes are in place as part of the CCS’s auditing and monitoring of those organisations. 

While the assessment of whether a supplier remains on a framework agreement is based on the information reviewed by the CCS during their inspection visits, this cannot offer guarantees on all aspects of their systems, recruitment policies and procedures, and therefore cannot be wholly be relied on to identify all instances of non-compliance.

Therefore, irrespective of whatever duties the particular NHS organisation places on their chosen external staffing provider, the overarching responsibility for assuring safe working practices lies with the employing organisation.

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