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What is a DBS certificate and why you need one.

What is a DBS

You've probably had a DBS certificate issued to you for your training and formative years as a healthcare professional. But, what is a DBS check and how do you get one for your locum work? Read the article to find out. For more informative articles, join the Locum Passport.

"The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)." - gov.uk

As a locum, DBS checks are required by all frameworks to prove that you are able to work with all groups of people and that you have no issues on your criminal background that would prevent you from being able to work as a healthcare professional.
The DBS search police records, and in relevant cases, barred list information, and then issue a DBS certificate to the applicant. There is a lot of sensitive information on a DBS check so the service has put in place a code of practice to make sure the information is used fairly and properly. You can find out more about the code of practice here.
Your DBS certificate requires your permission to have the search carried out and the request to be made by a registered employer who is required by law to request a full criminal history. You can read more about your eligibility for a Criminal record check here. 
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To find out what DBS you need read this article. If you're looking for the most convenient and trusted methods of getting your DBS check done, click here, to be taken through to the Locum passport DBS page proudly run in conjunction with my locum choice. 
Now that you're DBS is out the way the next big challenge is your mandatory training. To find out what mandatory training is, what you need to complete and how you can do this, check out our series of blogs right here.

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