NHS DBS Checks
NHS hospitals need their employees to apply for a DBS check as an essential part of their recruitment process. To ensure safeguarding principles are met, and the children and vulnerable adults currently in a hospital are protected, and free from harm. DBS checks go a long way in ensuring employee suitability for a position.
However, the NHS has numerous job roles, and there is some confusion about what type of DBS check is required for certain positions.
But which DBS check do you require?
The three levels of DBS check are available to specific hospital staff. Many roles within hospitals do not involve directly providing healthcare or carrying out any regulated activity. Hopefully, this guide will prove useful.
Types of DBS Check
- Basic DBS Check – this will reveal any of the applicant’s unspent convictions.
- Standard DBS Check – this reveals any spent or unspent convictions as well as any cautions, reprimands or final warnings that the applicant has.
- Enhanced DBS Check – this will disclose the same information as a Standard DBS check, along with any information held by the applicant’s local police force. It will also include an Adults’ or Children’s Barred List check (if eligible).
Find out more about what DBS checks show.
Basic DBS Checks
The NHS employs an enormous amount of workers who have no access to patients directly on a ward as part of their daily duties, therefore they are not eligible for a higher level of DBS check.
- Delivery drivers
- Administration staff with no access to patients
- Hospital restaurant staff (their contact with patients would be classed as incidental)
Standard DBS Checks
Employees are eligible for Standard DBS checks if they have access to patient wards as part of their jobs, but are not carrying out any regulated activity.
- Catering staff
- Administration staff with access to patients
Enhanced DBS Checks
If an applicant is engaging in any regulated activity with vulnerable adults and/or children as part of their role, they are eligible for an Enhanced DBS application with a Barred List check.
Enhanced DBS checks for individuals are required if they are carrying out any regulated activities, namely, healthcare, social and personal care. These are all regulated activities, so any person who carries out these types of regulated activities in a hospital must apply for an Enhanced DBS check.
- Healthcare professionals
- First-aid workers
- Physiotherapists and osteopaths
Providing personal care:
- Health care assistants
- Care home workers
Providing social care:
- Social care to a vulnerable adult or child who is an existing or potential client.
NHS Porters and DBS Checks
If they are transporting equipment, and have access to patients on wards, they must apply for a Standard DBS check.
If they transport patients directly to, from or between places where they are receiving care, this counts as a regulated activity. Therefore, they must apply for Enhanced DBS checks.
NHS DBS Checks Summarised
Safeguarding is vital in hospitals. Therefore any NHS environment must request the correct DBS check for their employees.
The Disclosure and Barring Service will be providing free DBS checks (Standard and Enhanced, only) and fast-track Barred List checks for healthcare and social care workers, who are being recruited for provision of care and treatment during COVID-19.
We are also pleased to be waiving all DBS Check fees for key workers who have been called upon to volunteer their services with COVID-19. You can still apply for DBS checks online in the usual way, as an individual or as an organisation requiring multiple DBS checks. Please click here for more information.
As always, feel free to speak to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.