Employment check standards - 2019 update


NHS Employers has updated the employment check standards for 2019. The checks help organisations practise safe recruitment when employing new staff. 

This year’s review provides additional clarity and considerations on the following key areas employers should consider when carrying out the checks.   

  • Brexit – leaving the European Union impacts on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications and right to work checks. Employers should read the updated right to work checks and professional registration and qualification checks to ensure the most up-to-date guidance is signposted.  
  • Advances in technology – employers can now conduct right to work checks online through the Home Office’s new platform, use video communication platforms for interviews, and digital signatures when staff are signing off completed checks.  
  • Streamlining – employers can reduce unnecessary duplication of checks and improve candidate experience when moving between trusts though the use of streamlining processes. More detail is available on NHS Employers’ streamlining hub.
  • Basic disclosures - although not a legal or mandatory requirement in the NHS, basic disclosures can offer employers an opportunity to perform checks on roles which are not eligible for a standard or enhanced checks but nonetheless involve a high-level of responsibility, accountability or trust. Find out more in the revised criminal record check standard.

An overview of all the key changes across all six of the standards can be found in the understanding the updates at a glance document.

The standards, first published by NHS Employers in March 2009, are subject to periodic review to ensure they take into consideration any changes to legal requirements and policy direction, and cover six key areas: 

All of the standards can be found in our employment checks section.

If you have any questions on the standards or wish to discuss any of the changes,  please email employmentchecks@nhsemployers.org.

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