Employment checks - references for new doctors in training

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22 / 6 / 2015 2.25pm

It has been brought to our attention that a number of trusts are refusing to accept references from medical schools as part of pre-employment checks for new junior doctors starting in August.

There has been no change in policy in this area. It is still the case that the requirements state employers can accept any references covering employment and/or training, as applicable. This means that references from medical schools are acceptable.

To avoid any further confusion, we have updated the employment checks FAQs specifically to cover this issue, adding the following question and answer:

Q. What references are required for newly qualified doctors starting their first placement in the Foundation Programme?

A. Where newly qualified doctors are going straight from medical school to commence their first placement as part of a foundation programme, employers are required to seek appropriate assurances by seeking references from their medical school. References should cover a three year period. Additional references are only normally required where the individual has had a break between leaving medical school and starting the foundation programme, for example where they have been in employment, undertaken a volunteering activity, or gone travelling, as outlined by the employment history and reference check standard. Any request for additional references should always be proportionate to risk.

Further questions

If you have any questions please email medicalworkforce@nhsemployers.org

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