In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we recognise that employers will need to engage increased numbers of workers to support services under pressure at very short notice, and will need to do this in a way that continues to give high levels of assurance about a person's suitability for roles they are recruiting to.
The temporary measures are intended to help facilitate normal check requirements that may otherwise become more challenging while Government restrictions apply. Where reasonably practical, normal checking requirements outlined in the NHS Employment Check Standards must be followed.
The temporary measures are subject to review as the pandemic evolves. We will continue to work across the system with the Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) and other national and regulatory bodies to ensure employers can continue to safely meet legal requirements.
Where NHS staff and bank workers are being redeployed to support the pandemic, employers should ensure there is a legal agreement to share information about checks, core skills training and other clearances using digital systems, such as ESR or the digital staff passport (NHS in England only) to avoid any unnecessary duplication of requirements. Further information about the staff passport can be found on NHS England and Improvement's website.
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