Disclosure and Barring Service check
Disclosure and Barring Service check

The criminal record bureau CRB and Independent Safeguarding Agency (ISA) checks were replaced by the Disclosure and Barring Service which is responsible for barring individuals and completing criminal record checks. Disclosure and Barring Service check is carried out to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. This is done by looking at a potential employee criminal history for cautions, warnings, reprimands, and convictions.

To ensure the safety of vulnerable people, a DBS check is required by most organizations before an individual can start a job. As a locum pharmacist, you are required to have an Enhanced DBS certificate to work with most organizations otherwise your chances of getting jobs will be limited to a few organizations.

There are 3 levels of DBS check

  • Basic DBS. Basic Disclosure and Barring Service check is for any purpose, including employment. The certificate contains details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of (ROA) 1974.

  • Standard DBS. A standard DBS check is suitable for certain roles, such as a security guard. The certificate will contain details of both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and warnings that are held on the Police National Computer, which is not subject to filtering.

  • Enhanced DBS. An enhanced DBS check is suitable for people working with children or adults in certain circumstances such as those in receipt of healthcare or personal care. This is the level of search health care professionals will undertake, which is acceptable by employers and recruitment agencies.

How do you apply for a DBS Check

As an individual, you cannot apply for your own Enhanced check. An employer or recruitment agency must request an enhanced check on your behalf.

If you would like us to apply for DBS on your behalf, simply follow our step by step guide to apply here. You should also know that Disclosure and Barring Service check normally takes about four weeks. However, there are certain times of the year, the DBS has a backlog of applications to process which may cause a delay in their response. To start your registration follow the link here:

Once your certificate arrives [or when you receive your DBS application reference number via email] ensure you register your certificate with the DBS update service at a cost of £13 annually with 19 days.

This will put your DBS record will be checked and updated annually every year without any need to apply.

To join the update service visit: www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.
Your certificate will arrive in the post at your registered address. This can be presented to any clients who request proof of clearance before you begin work.

Get in touch to let us know if you have further questions about this. Please notify us once you have completed your application and made payment to speed up the process.

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