Professional registration and qualification checks

COVID-19 indemnity and litigation

Employers should continue to seek online verification against the relevant professional register to confirm that the healthcare worker is registered to practise in the chosen profession. 

Temporary registers have been created by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council to support the COVID-19 response. Individuals who have retired and returned, some nursing students and some overseas nationals may be able to enter the temporary register.  The individual has the same status as those on the standard statutory register. Employers will be able to check the temporary register in the same way as the statutory register. Further details about temporary registers can be found on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website

Employers must have the consent of the health professional and their registration number to check their registration, license and fitness to practise. The check with the professional regulator will confirm that:

  • the applicant is actually the person registered with that regulatory body 
  • they are suitably qualified, skilled, trained and experienced and adhere to the code of practise for their profession
  • there are no restrictions to their registration that would affect their ability to undertake the duties of the role being offered
  • there are no pending investigations on their fitness to practise that would need to be considered.

Where appointing individuals to unregulated roles, employers will need to make an appropriate risk-based assessment to the priority given to that qualification in the person specification, and the assurances that may need to be gained as part of the check process. 

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