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CRB check changes to help nurses

Criminal records checks will be able to be used again and again, making it easier for agency nurses to work in different organisations.

The government has ruled that from next year people will not be forced to get a CRB check each time they apply for a new position, slashing the amount of bureaucracy involved and saving time and money.

Under the new regulations, applicants will get a certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Then when they apply for new jobs or voluntary posts, they will be able to find out online straight away if their check is still in date.

This means people who work with a number of different organisations and companies will be able to use the same check without having to pay for new ones. The move is also expected to make taking on new staff a quicker and smoother process for employers in both the public and private sectors.

And it will become easier for employees to move around and work in different roles within the NHS without compromising the need to make proper checks on the criminal records of staff.

As well as agency nurses and medical volunteers, the new service will help junior and locum doctors who frequently change hospitals. In the past all these people would have had to apply for a new check each time they moved or registered with a new agency.

Readers' comments (7)

  • good, I had to pay the same trust twice - once for joining the bank, once for going full time 2 months later. real con.

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  • I can't beleive it. For once someone actually using their brain. The Protection of Vulnerable Persons juggernaut has become an insane self serving and self perpetuating monster. I work fulll time bank and agency and am the holder of 4 PVG checks, all of them current. This is long overdue.

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  • At long last I work for several agencies and having to cover the cost for all CRB checks it puts you off working all together A very long over due event which I had raised with my MP several time (and NEVER got a reply) but it must have helped I think!!!

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  • Yes someone working with a brain in a position of authority is a rarity indeed-thank goodness-I am sick of forking out for the same info

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  • Agree absolutely. As said above, long overdue. Let's hope that a lot more brain-power is going to be applied in the NHS - but in the right direction.

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  • Great news. I have had checks for working in three voluntary organisations, also as a school governor. I underwent a further enhanced check as a foster carer. Five checks in total over a period of two years. This is a much needed change!

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  • I got on to my MP about this last year, as I was looking for work, but was fed up with all the agencies asking me to pay a fee for the CRB. After all, when you are unemployed, there is little chance that you have money to waste for numerous job applications, when you are not guaranteed work. At least this will give us the opportunity to take up work with various agencies at the same time, and only pay one fee. Although I do feel these fees should be paid by the employer. Why should health and social care staff have to pay these fees, when they are one of the lowest paid groups in employment.

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