NHS Employment Check Standards

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10 / 4 / 2014 Midnight


The NHS Employment Check standards apply to all applications for NHS positions  and staff in ongoing NHS employment.

This includes permanent staff, staff on fixed-term contracts, volunteers, students, trainees, contractors, highly mobile staff, temporary workers (including locum doctors), those working on a trust bank, and other workers supplied by an agency.

Trusts using agency, contractor or other external bodies to provide services must ensure, through regular audit and monitoring, that their providers comply with these standards. See further information on this website in regard to what employers should consider including as part of any contract agreement with agencies and third party contractors in order to seek the necessary assurances of the compliance of the NHS Employment Check Standards

For ease of reading, the standards have been produced in a suite of six documents which specifically focus on checking:

1. Identity

2. Right to work

3. Professional registration and qualifications

4. Employment history and reference

5. Criminal record and barring 

6. Work health assessments  


All NHS providers are required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and, as part of this registration are required to comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (as amended) and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009. The Regulations outline a set of fundamental standards which must be met, including having robust recruitment and employment practices in place to verify a person's suitability for the job they are being appointed to do.  Employers should demonstrate that they are in compliance with the relevant fundamental standards by undertaking the checks outlined within the NHS Employment Check Standards.

The Employment Check Standards are also embedded in the Crown Commercial Service (formerly known as the Government Procurement Service) National Agency Framework Agreement and annual audit checks of agencies, to assure compliance with the standards is met in relation to contracted and sub-contracted staff.  Failure to comply could potentially put the safety, and even the lives, of patients, staff and public at risk.

The NHS Employment Check Standards are periodically reviewed to ensure that they remain completely up to date with legal requirements and are fit for purpose. Where employers choose to download hard copies of the standards, it is essential that they regularly refer to this website to ensure that they are fully compliant with any updated requirements. 

Alerts to any changes to these standards will be published on our latest news page and in the NHS Workforce Bulletin

Frequently asked questions

We have produced supplementary guidelines on each of the standards in our FAQ's section.

If you cannot find an answer to your query, please contact us by emailing employmentchecks@nhsemployers.org.

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