Summary of updates

Employment checks

Detailed below is a summary of the updates we have made to the pre-employment check standards, this page is updated each time we make an amendment and will help you quickly identify changes.

Type of check What's been updated When was the update
Criminal record check
  • Pages 15-16: Updated overseas police check requirements and removed subsections 'Recruiting from non-EEA and EU/EEA countries' to make clear requirements when recruiting from outside the UK.
  • NB: this standard was also updated in November 2020 to reflect changes to the DBS filtering rules.
January 2021
Employment history and reference check
  • Pages 3-4: Clarified guidance outlining how employers can use the most recent reference in NHS to NHS moves, rather than gaining employment history for the past three years.
  • Page 9: New section on armed forces references and using a certificate of service as a potential reference.
  • Page 9: Updated section to highlight how employers should report any serious concerns on discrepancies in information provided to NHS Counter Fraud Authority. 
April 2019
Identity check
  • Pages 10-11: 'Recruiting those furthest from the jobs market' section created to make clearer existing guidance on acceptable forms of documentation from people furthest from the jobs market.
  • Ensured links throughout link to most up to date information.
January 2021
Professional registration and qualification check
  • Pages 4-5: Updated the 'Recruiting from the European Union (EU)' section to detail transitional arrangements to recognising professional qualifications. 
January 2021
Right to work check
  • Pages 8-9: Under the heading 'Recruiting outside of the UK' we have detailed the new immigration system that that applies to all recruitment outside of the UK.
  • Page 9: Clarity provided on the documentation EEA nationals can use to prove their right to work until 30 June 2021.
  • Removed appendix 2 which detailed additional right to work guidance for specific countries as no longer applicable.
  • Updated links to most up to date Home Office guidance throughout.
January 2021
Work health assessment
  • Page 3: Under 'Importance of a work health assessment' we have highlighted the need to obtain health clearances for all staff planning on undertaking exposure prone procedures.
  • Ensured links throughout link to most up to date information.
January 2021


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