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Not All UK Workers Need A DBS Clearance

September 03, 2018 posted by Steve Brownstein

What isn't widely known is that many jobs in the health and medical profession in the UK iare exempted from a completed DBS search. While the search is still accessible, there is no need to apply for the certificate.

Perhaps though, as a matter of due diligence, a background check should be conducted. For a certified background checke other than the DBS, Straightline International conducts UK searchesat all the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

Here is a breakdown of the inclusions:

Non-clinical staff

There is no general requirement for non-clinical staff (for example reception or administrative staff) to have a DBS check. This depends on their specific duties and responsibilities. Practices may not be breaching regulations if certain non-clinical staff have not received DBS checks. The practice should consider this on a case-by-case basis. For example:

  • Access to medical records alone does not mean that non-clinical staff need to receive a DBS check.
  • Non-clinical staff who carry out chaperone duties may require a DBS check due to the nature of these duties and the level of patient contact.
  • Non-clinical staff who supervise a baby or child whilst their parent or carer is having an appointment will require a DBS check.

If a practice decides not to carry out a DBS check for any non-clinical staff they need to provide a clear rationale for the decision. This should, include an appropriate risk assessment.

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