DBS checks are an integral part of preventing unsuitable people working with vulnerable groups and enable GP practices to make safer recruitment decisions.
There are several different job roles within a GP practice and not all of them are eligible for the same level of check.
Let us share with you our knowledge and experience of working with GP practices to give you the information you need to help with safeguarding service users from abuse.
Any individual that is providing healthcare within a GP surgery will require an Enhanced level check so this is typically for clinical staff such as GP’s, Nurses, Healthcare Assistants and Physiotherapists.
This is the highest level of DBS check that is available and covers both spent and unspent convictions as well as cautions, warnings and reprimands. With an Enhanced level check, the police can also share any information or intelligence that they hold about a person that is relevant to the role that they are applying for.
As well as an Enhanced level check, the majority of clinical staff will likely be engaged in Regulated Activity with both Adults and Children so will be entitled to a check against the barred lists.
All non-clinical staff, such as Receptionists, Cleaners, Administrators and Practice Managers are not providing Health Care so will not meet the eligibility for an Enhanced level check. However, in the course of their normal duties, there will be an opportunity for contact with vulnerable groups so for this reason, they will be eligible for a Standard level check.
If a non-clinical member of staff acts as a Chaperone within the practice, for example, they’re present in the consultation room during the patient’s appointment, they will be eligible for a Standard level check. However, if they are also engaging in the provision of Health Care or Personal Care for the individual, they will be eligible for an Enhanced level check.
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It’s worth remembering that there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to DBS checks, it’s very much dependent on the role that the person is doing, where they’re doing it, who they’re doing it with and how often they will be doing it.
If your role isn’t listed above or you need any help with eligibility or any aspect of applying for your DBS, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.