Last reviewed 2 April 2020

Healthcare and social care workers being recruited in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus in England and Wales, including some of those who have volunteered to help the NHS, can be checked more quickly, the Home Office has promised.

It has worked with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to put temporary arrangements in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists, free-of-charge.

These arrangements will provide employers with the option to appoint new recruits into regulated activity with adults and/or children, as long as the individuals are not barred and appropriate measures are put in place to manage the individual until the full DBS check is received.

DBS Chairman Dr Gillian Fairfield explained: “The introduction of a fast track Adults’ and Children’s Barred List check will allow the NHS and other healthcare and voluntary sector organisations to get the right people into the right place quickly and safely.”

DBS works to support recruiters and voluntary organisations by allowing employers to make safer recruitment decisions.

With the whole country coming together to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, thousands of volunteers have come forward to support the health service although the vast majority of these people will not require a DBS check.

DBS Chief Executive Eric Robinson said: “This new fast-track check is designed to help support the national effort to fight coronavirus. We need to make sure that only those eligible for those checks are requesting them as misuse of the emergency provision will delay the urgent deployment of health and social care personnel.”