It is essential that all persons working in the public sector are checked sufficiently before appointment to ensure that they are trustworthy, reliable and appropriately qualified for the jobs they are to do. Since April 2010 all NHS providers (including private providers) have been required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC in turn requires that registered providers adhere to the NHS Employers Employment Checks Standards.

The Employment Checks Standards are also embedded in the Government Procurement Service (GPC) National Agency Framework Agreement and annual audit checks of agencies, to assure compliance with the standards is met in relation to contracted and subcontracted staff. They also form part of the information governance and assurance standards links to the use of the NHS Summary Care Records Service (NHS SCRS).

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