Disclosure & Barring Service Checks

Posts within the NHS are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. This means that applicants for NHS Jobs must declare any cautions or convictions they have ever had regardless of whether in other circumstances they would be considered spent.

When the DBS Disclosure is received, verifying the cautions or convictions detailed, the nature of offence(s) will be considered on an individual basis in specific relation to the job applied for. A meeting may then be arranged with a Service Manager and HR Representative to discuss the matter and establish whether or not this will prevent the applicant from taking up the post.

In cases where the applicant is required to start prior to receipt of their DBS Disclosure, a DBS Risk Assessment Form can be used and this must be completed by the Appointing Manager and Deputy Director of Operations for the Division and then forwarded onto the Resourcing Team.

For full information on the DBS checks, please visit:

Or you can read the Criminal Record Checks document and Trust policy for further information.

For full information about DBS costs please click on this link:

DBS Costs

DBS Covid Appendix