Updated employment check standards

Employment checks

NHS Employers has updated the employment check standards for 2017. 

While the legal requirements have remained largely unchanged, this year’s review has responded to requests for additional clarity on certain elements of the requirements.

In particular, the check standards reinforce the importance of the relationship between employers, agencies and third party staffing providers to ensure they understand the type of checks required for all temporary workers.

The standards have also been formatted with contents and introductory pages to help employers’ access information more easily and explain what the check is and why it’s important.

Visit the employment checks page to access all six updated employment check standards and read a full summary of the updates in our understanding the updates at a glance document.

The standards, first published by NHS Employers in March 2009, are subject to periodic review to ensure they take into consideration any changes to legal requirements and policy direction.

The check standards cover six areas:

right to work
employment history and references
professional registration and qualifications
criminal record
work health assessments.

If you have any queries about any of the requirements or any comments on how we might further improve the check standards, please email employmentchecks@nhsemployers.org

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