DBS Checks in Healthcare

DBS Checks are crucial in 2020 ensuring that safe to work staff get hired during the recruitment stage. 

However, it can be hard to determine which staff require which check due to the variety of roles within a hospital. 

This information will answer any common queries concerning DBS Checks for healthcare staff. 

Types of DBS Checks

Three kinds of DBS Checks are usually conducted i.e. Basic, Standard and Enhanced:

  • The Basic Check reveals any unexhausted convictions by the applicant 
  • The Standard Check unearths exhausted or unexhausted convictions, restraints, warnings or final cautions by the applicant
  • The Enhanced Check discloses similar information to the Standard Check and other relevant records from the local police department about the applicant. It also contains the barred list of the adult or child where applicable. 

People aged sixteen and above qualify for the Basic Checks. However, particular criteria must be met for one to undergo the Standard or Enhanced DBS Checks. 

Which Type of Healthcare Employees qualifies for an Enhanced DBS Check?

An individual qualifies for the Enhanced Check with the barred list check if their role requires their participation in controlled tasks with the grownups and/or children.

The controlled tasks include the provision of personal care, health services, and conducting social work. Therefore, employees executing such activities are eligible for the Enhanced Check involving the scrutiny of the barred lists. 

Moving patients from one location to another when accessing health services, providing personal care, or carrying out or engaging in social work are also controlled activities. Consequently, such hospital employees are eligible for Enhanced DBS Checks. 

The complete list of regulated activities is accessible through these links: for children here and adults here

When are Standard DBS Checks Required for Healthcare Employees?

Many roles at the hospital do not require the provision of health services or engaging in any regulated task. Such activities include those in positions in administration, maintenance, and administration.

The access to patients undergoing care determines whether the hospital employees are due for the Standard Check.

Catering staff and cleaners, for instance, working in the wards, are eligible for the Standard Check because of their interaction with the patients receiving care. 

Other staffs without direct contact with the patients in the hospital in their responsibilities do not qualify for the Standard Check. Such employees include those working only in the hospital’s canteen because their interaction with the patients is not their role; it is merely incidental. 

Transporters in the Hospital: Standard or Enhanced?

The eligibility of transporters in the hospital for either the Standard or Enhanced DBS Checks is based on who or what they transport. 

Porters moving equipment with some form of interaction with the patients are eligible for the Standard Check. 

When the transporters are involved in moving the patients from one location to another, they are due for the Enhanced Check. It is because they convey patients to various points of care. The transportation of patients constitutes a regulated activity.