What is the DBS?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps healthcare employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable candidates from working with vulnerable groups, including children and elderly . It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
For those posts that involve a greater degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults, ie the type of work that involves regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of such people, candidates will require an enhanced DBS check.
If I have a criminal conviction, can I still be employed?
This will depend on whether your offence is considered to make you unsuitable to have access to patients. We conduct a greater level of checks on staff who work with certain patient groups, such as children and vulnerable adults. We will however consider a range of factors before making our decision to appoint -the nature of the offence -the age at which it was committed - its relevance to the post in question - whether the applicant has a pattern of offending behaviour - whether the applicants circumstances have changed since the offending behaviour - the circumstances surrounding the offence and the explanation(s) offered by the convicted individual.
Why does Secure Healthcare Solutions ask for an Enhanced DBS Check ?
We do this to protect our client and patients. In doing this, we balance the need to prevent unsuitable people from working in sensitive posts, against the threat of discrimination against rehabilitated ex-offenders. In addition to the information included in the Standard Check, an Enhanced DBS Check includes a consultation of the new lists of individuals considered unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults. The police will also check for any additional information held in their files that might be relevant to the position being applied for. It is then up to the police to decide what extra information is added to the report.
What is the definition of a vulnerable adult?
Whilst the term ‘vulnerable’ is no longer in use, this is defined as an adult person aged 18 or over who is in receipt of specific types of services, namely:
- healthcare for adults provided by, or under the direction or supervision of a regulated healthcare professional
- personal care for adults
- social work – provision by a social care worker of social work which is required in connection with any health services or social services
- assistance with an adult’s cash, bills or shopping because of their age, illness or disability arranged via a third party
- assisting in the conduct of an adult’s own affairs under a formal appointment
- conveying adults for reasons of age, illness or disability to, from, or between places, where they receive healthcare, personal care or social work arranged via a third party.
Can Secure Healthcare Solutions Help with the Costs of DBS?
If you are a professional healthcare assistant, support worker with a minimum of 12 months experience , a registered nurse looking for work and motivated to do well in the Care industry , then secure healthcare solutions would be more than happy to take care of all the costs of your full enhanced DBS check, usually worth just under £70 mark.
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