Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure checks

Our work is all about the health and well-being of our patients and many of our roles involve working directly with patients.

To protect our patients and their information, we apply for information on potential candidates from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

About DBS disclosure checks (previously known as CRB checks)

The DBS provides organisations with access to criminal record information to make safer recruitment decisions. There are two levels of DBS disclosure checks available:

  • standard disclosure: checks national police records, such as convictions, warnings and reprimands
  • enhanced disclosure: as well as the standard checks, it checks local police records and information held on the DBS Barred Lists, if requested. A person's barring status is checked if the role involves working in certain roles with children or adults, to make sure they are not barred from working with these groups.

Will I need a DBS check?

Each vacancy on our website details what checks we make for that role. NHS Employers has published a flow chart that can help determine if the role that you are interested in is likely to require a DBS disclosure check and at what level: