Professional registration and qualification checks

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Professional regulation

This document sets out the requirements to verify the professional registration (where relevant to the post) and qualification checks that need to be carried out for all prospective NHS employees.

Download the professional registration and qualification check standard.

There are six employment check requirements that employers must undertake as part of their recruitment processes - see further information on the Employment Checks section of this website.

Further useful guidance:

In addition to check the professional registration and qualifications of prospective employers, employers must ensure that all individuals in patient-facing roles have a good command of English in order to enable them to undertake their role effectively and safety. For information about the type and level of checks for this purpose, see our good practice guidelines which can be found on our language competency web page.

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, and validating documents can be found on the Employment check section of our website. 

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