Employment checks

Employment checks

Pre-employment checking seeks to verify that an individual meets the preconditions of the role they are applying for.

There are six NHS Employment Check Standards that outline the type and level of checks employers must carry out before recruiting staff into NHS positions. Download guidance, resources and further information about each check in the pages below. 
 
Please note that NHS Employers does not hold any information about individuals who are working or have worked in the NHS. All reference requests should be sent to the HR or personnel department at the relevant NHS organisation directly.

Reference requests sent to employmentchecks@nhsemployers.org will be deleted upon receipt.

Identity check

Identity checks

Understand the requirements to verify the identity of all prospective employees in the NHS.

Professional regulation

Professional registration and qualification checks

Find out when and how employers should verify professional registration, qualifications and English language competency. 

Employment history

Employment history and reference checks

Download guidance on the process of seeking references and verifying employment and training history.

Right to work

Right to work checks

Learn about the requirements for verifying an individual's right to work in the UK. 

Work health assessment

Work health assessments

Read about work health assessments for individuals undertaking new roles, or roles which have significantly changed. 

Criminal record check

Criminal record checks

Access guidance, tools and resources on the criminal record checking requirements associated with eligible roles in the NHS. 

Resources

Resources

Our resources include information on the practical day to day application of the standards, as well as a variety of case studies & examples of good practice. 

FAQs - home

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions on the six Employment Check Standards.

Background information

Data Protection

Read guidance about data protection, including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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