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NHS Employment Checks

 All NHS organisations have a statutory obligation to conduct certain checks on employees and additional checks on specific groups of employees.  The information below should help you understand which checks we will undertake for your application, why they are important and how they may affect your application. 

Identity and Illegal Working

You will need to provide ID and proof of your right to work in the UK.  You will be advised by your Recruitment Officer what documents are required but generally 1 photo ID and 2 proofs of address (or vice versa) is OK, e.g. a passport and 2 household bills.


The Trust checks your employment history over the last 3 years.  It is your responsibility to provide work references and accurate contact details.  Referees must include your last manager and should not include colleagues who had no line management responsibility for you or friends and family. 

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS)

In general, all positions which have some form of patient contact will require the successful applicant to undertake a DBS disclosure.  It depends on the nature of the contact whether we undertake a standard or an enhanced disclosure.   In some cases the Trust may delay the start of your employment until the DBS disclosure is returned.  The results of a disclosure may mean you cannot undertake the job that has been conditionally offered to you.   For more information go to the https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview pages online.

If you are already registered with the DBS update service please let us know once you receive your conditional offer.

Please note:  DBS disclosures are paid for by the employee and not the Trust.

Registration with Professional Body

Certain posts require applicants to be registered with a professional body.  If this applies to you please ensure we are able to check your registration at recruitment.


Certain posts require applicants to have achieved a particular qualification. You will be asked to provide evidence of this where it is stated in the essential criteria on the person specification for the post.

Occupational Health Screening

You may be required to attend an appointment with the Trust’s Occupational Health Service prior to or post appointment.

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