Changes to ESR support standard reference requests

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29 / 3 / 2016 9am

Recent changes have been made to the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) to support organisations to meet the requirements of the NHS employment check standards.

Under the standards, employers must:

  • obtain information about an applicant's employment and/or training history
  • ensure all reasonable checks are undertaken in order to ascertain whether an applicant is suitable for a particular position, or identify any reason why they should not be employed
  • when providing a reference, verify that any personal data about a former employee is true, accurate, fair and can be justified. 

Support through ESR

Following a reference request, the system produces a pre-populated reference form that the referee can review, amend and validate. There is also an option to add any supporting information where required. Once submitted the information is then sent to the organisation requesting the reference.

For more information about this functionality, visit the ESR Standard Reference Request web pages.

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