Here we provide a range of resources, informative podcasts and webinars which are intended to help with the practical application of the NHS Employment Check Standards. 

We also have a number of case studies promoting best practice, showcasing NHS organisations who have made significant changes to their recruitment processes and reducing time to hire without compromising standards. 

Practical application of the standards 

  • DBS check eligibility tool: an interactive tool to help employers determine whether or not a position is eligible for a DBS check and, if so, the level of check required. Offers a range of work based examples throughout the toolkit to demonstrate eligibility.
  • Scenario based examples: this document sets out a number of different example scenarios to help employers in the NHS make a more informed decision about whether or not a role is eligible for a criminal record check.
  • Employment check document cross-reference tool: designed to help recruiting managers quickly identify the range of documentary evidence which can be accepted to satisfy the identity/right to work/and criminal record check standard requirements. 
  • The DBS Update Service: an employers guide to making the DBS application process quicker and easier. 
  • Certificate of fitness for honorary practice: guidance for employers on how to support clinicians needing to perform short-term, ad hoc or urgent activity at another organisation. 
  • NHS Jobs pre-employment check dashboard: a feature to help in the management of applications at the employment check stage. 
  • ESR functionality: information on the various functions of ESR and how they can be optimised during employment checks. 
  • Seeking a self-declaration from applicants: guidance for employers on this process. 

Other useful information 

Data Protection

  • Section on data protection by the NHS European Office which outlines the legislative picture and includes links to useful documentation produced by the Information Governance Alliance (IGA)


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