Employers should read the temporary criminal record check guidance alongside this scenario.
Mary has been hired to join the internal bank set up at New Town Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic response. The role requires her to provide support to community nursing teams, where required to ease pressure on services. The role involves providing care and treatment to adults who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
Mary will be working in regulated activity with adults therefore this role is eligible for an enhanced DBS check with adults barred list information.
Mary has had a DBS check before, but the check was undertaken six years ago. She isn't subscribed to the update service so a fresh check will be required.
As this role is temporary, to provide support to nursing teams as part of the trust's COVID-19 pandemic response (ie is providing care and treatment connected with the coronavirus), New Town Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can request a fast-track check against the adult barred list at the same time as obtaining a full enhanced disclosure. Both checks will be free of charge.
The trust must not apply for an Adults First check.
To enact the fast track check under the temporary COVID-19 arrangements, the individual completing the form must include the text "COVID-19" alongside the job title and relevant workforce in the position applied for field on the DBS application form e.g. in this case it would be "bank nurse, adults workforce COVID-19". They will then need to put an X to indicate they are entitled to know whether the applicant in barred from working with adults. They will also need to mark an X to indicate YES against the question which asks if the application is for a free of charge volunteer. Failure to enter these details will mean the check will be processed in a the normal way and normal fees will apply.