Hospital porter

COVID-19 indemnity and litigation

Employers should read temporary criminal record check guidance alongside this scenario.

Frank applies for a temporary role as a porter to support his local trust during the COVID-19 pandemic. This role involves the collection and delivery of PPE equipment to and from ward areas where adult patients are receiving treatment for COVID-19. Although he may have access to patients, he is not providing care or treatment for transporting patients.

This role is not a regulated activity as Frank will not be providing care or treatment or transporting patients, so it would not be eligible for an enhanced or fast track check. He does, however, have contact with patients and therefore the role is eligible for a standard DBS check.

It is important to note that the level of check for a porter can vary depending on their role and responsibilities, for more information on this, please visit our existing scenarios document - the example on page 9 demonstrates a range of job responsibilities that may impact on the type and level of check required.

His role is temporary and specifically connected to supporting during the pandemic. Under temporary arrangements standard check will be processed by the DBS in the usual way. However, changes to legislation means employers can allow individuals to start work prior to the full disclosure certificate being received. This should only be done if the appropriate monitoring or supervision arrangements are in place to manage the individual. Any decision to allow this should also reflect the trust's safeguarding policies.

This role will be eligible for a free check under the temporary arrangements. To enact this, 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 "porter COVID-19". They will also need to mark X to indicate YES against the question which asks is the application for a free of charge volunteer. Failure to enter these details will mean normal fees will apply, and these cannot be refunded. 

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