This standard outlines the requirements for seeking references to verify a candidate's employment and/or training history.
The standard includes a range of useful templates which outline the minimum data set that should be sought or provided in response to reference requests. See appendices one to four in the document below.
Download the employment history and reference check standard.
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.
Further useful information
We have produced a list of recognised 'persons of some standing in the community' who may be asked to provide a personal or character reference, if a candidate is genuinely unable to provide you with the necessary employment and/or training for the prescribed three year period.
See further information about meeting the fit and proper person requirements for director level positions.
Read a full summary of recent updates in our understanding the updates at a glance document.
More background information about the purpose of the standards, who they apply to, how to meet compliance, avoiding discrimination can be found on the Employment check section of our website.