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NHS pre-employment checks before your job application is accepted

Getting the best possible news after an NHS job interview is a great feeling, and all that remains are some formalities before you can start in your new Non-Medical Non-Clinical role. It goes without saying that all paperwork should be submitted in a timely manner, and plenty of helpful information about the necessary documentation and proofs should be made available to you after being offered a position.

The exact number of checks and procedures will differ from one position to the next, and it is very important to remember that all of these are carried out to protect both yourself and the NHS as a responsible employer.

Proving you have the right to work:

All UK-based employers, both public and private sector, have a legal obligation to check that potential employees have the right to work in the United Kingdom. This is no different for the NHS. Proof of identity will usually come in the form of a passport, driving licence or similar document, and the appropriate work visa will be requested for those who are not from within the European Union.

Qualifications and experience:

There are a number of Non-Medical and Non-Clinical roles that may require a minimum level of qualifications, and these could include GCSE/A-Level or their equivalents. Grade certificates may be requested for proof of these, and for professional qualifications your details can be requested so that these can be verified with the awarding body or organisation. To check your employment history, references will be sought using the details you provided during the application process.

Criminal records & credit histories:

By seeking your permission to search the records of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), your NHS recruiting manager can make sure that you do not have a criminal record. If you are applying for a position that can accommodate someone with a criminal record, this check will determine the extent of the penalty and whether or not the conviction has been ‘spent.’ In certain roles that deal with sensitive or financial information, a credit check may also be required to see if you have any entries of adverse credit.

Showing that you are able to carry out your new role:

Any staff that join the NHS have to go through an occupational health check, and as a healthcare organisation they are just as passionate about caring for their own staff as they are about patients. All checks are carried out in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act if necessary, and this allows the NHS to be a truly inclusive employer for all Non-Medical and Non-Clinical positions. Their commitment to occupational help doesn’t end there, and as an employer the NHS actively promotes ongoing occupational health schemes for all employees.

The pre-employment checks of the NHS are there to ensure only suitable, committed staff contribute to the running of the nation’s healthcare. They are there to protect and maintain the standards of the NHS and providing you comply with them and meet the requirements for the role, there should not be an obstacle.

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