An alert is not part of either the NHS disciplinary process or statutory regulatory frameworks for healthcare professionals but is an integral part of pre-employment checks.
The Resourcing Team implements and manages the alert scheme in accordance with the Healthcare Professionals Alert Notices Direction 2006. These requirements are mandatory for NHS Bodies covered by the Directions (they are advisory for Foundation Trusts).
For posts requiring professional registration when issuing a ‘Conditional Offer Letter’ the Resourcing Team will check the successful candidate is not on the Alert database.
Employing a Candidate who is the subject of an alert notice
An alert notice is not a bar to employment. If the Recruiting Line Manager wishes to appoint an individual who is the subject of an alert (or included on their list) the employer will need to consider which safeguards need to be put in place.