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Understanding BDS checks

  • May 09, 2022

Before you can start your NHS post, it is a UK legal requirement for you to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. It is important to note that you can only complete your enhanced DBS check once you are in the UK as you need a UK address.

You should also ensure the check is “enhanced”.

What is an Enhanced DBS check?

An enhanced DBS check is a check on your criminal convictions and cautions record. The check is required for job roles that involve caring for children and vulnerable adults.

An enhanced DBS includes details of all convictions on record, whether they are spent or unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). The Enhanced DBS Disclosures involves an extra level of checking with your local police force records in additional with the Police National Computer.

What documentation do I need to apply for my enhanced DBS check?

You will apply for your check online. To apply, you will need the below documentation:

  • A valid passport or driving license with evidence of your date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Two of the following documents; a utility bill, bank, mortgage or credit card statement with your full home address

How much does an Enhanced DBS check cost?

The average cost is £44 excluding processing and VAT fees, each website will have different fees.

How long does an Enhanced DBS check take?

It usually takes up to 14 days for you to receive your certificate.

How do I apply for a DBS check?

When you first arrive in the UK, the HR will ask you to attend a “HR appointment” where you will fill out employment forms and receive your rota. They will also provide you with the exact online link of which to apply for your DBS check, as each Trust uses a different website.

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