Please be aware, NHS Employers has published temporary pre-employment check requirements for employers to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the information available in our guidance section.
This standard outlines the legal requirements when considering candidates for NHS positions that are eligible for a criminal record check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.
The standard includes guidance on:
- the different types of criminal record check (including overseas police checks and those obtained in the UK through the Disclosure and Barring Service)
- eligibility for the different levels of check
- legislative drivers
- what to do when the outcome of a DBS check reveals a positive disclosure
- the DBS filtering rules.
Take a look at our summary of updates to quickly identify the latest changes made to all of the pre-employment check standards.
Further useful information
We have also produced a range of resources to aid employers in the understanding and application of the criminal record and barring check requirements.
- Supreme Court judgement on criminal record disclosure webinar (August 2020)
- DBS eligibility tool
- List of DBS check scenarios for a variety of job roles
- The DBS update service
- Positive disclosure discussions guide
Seeking a self-declaration
- Seeking a self-declaration - guidance for employers
- Model declaration form A (updated Feb 2021 - for use by HR and medical staffing teams)
- Model declaration form B (updated Feb 2021 - for use by HR and medical staffing teams)
We continue to work with NHS Jobs to replicate the changes to the self-declaration questions on the NHS Jobs application form.
More background information about the purpose of the standards, who they apply to, how to meet compliance, avoiding discrimination, and validating documents can be found on the employment check section of our website.