Pre-employment checking seeks to verify that an individual meets the preconditions of the role they are applying for. There are six NHS Employment Check Standards that outline the type and level of checks employers must carry out before recruiting staff into NHS positions.
Find answers and further information about the NHS employment check standards in our frequently asked questions.
NHS Employment Checks Standards training modules
This new e-learning resource provides support with understanding pre-employment checks requirements, in turn helping to prevent barriers to employment and reducing the time to hire.
Identity checks standard
This guide details the requirements to verify the identity of all workers before commencing any type of work or volunteering in the NHS.
26 April 2023
Criminal record checks standard
This guide details the criminal record checking requirements for eligible roles in the NHS.
6 November 2023
Work health assessments standard
This guide details the requirements for work health assessments.
27 April 2023
Professional registration and qualification checks standard
This guide details the requirements to verify professional registration, qualifications, and English language competency.
1 September 2023
Right to work checks standard
This guide details the requirements for verifying an individual's right to work in the UK.
25 April 2023
An explanation of what professional regulation is and who it applies to.
8 July 2022
Fines for employing illegal workers to increase
The government has outlined changes to legislation to be made in the new year as part of plans to deter illegal immigration.
29 November 2023
Response to consultation on volunteer pre-employment checks
NHS Employers has responded to the consultation on proposed changes to pre-employment checks when appointing volunteers.
22 November 2023
Updates to the NHS criminal record checks standard
Take a look at the latest updates which impact on criminal record background checks for employers.
6 November 2023