All health and social care service providers in England must ensure that they prioritise CQC compliance as an essential part of running their business and pre-employment screening is an absolute must in this regard.
You risk reputational and financial damage to your business if you are found to be non-compliant, but it can be very time-consuming to carry out background checks in-house, time that could be better spent looking after those under your care.
Since April 2010, all NHS providers have had to register with the Care Quality Commission, whether they’re part of the health service itself or operate privately.
This also means you need to remain compliant with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009, especially relating to staff recruitment.
Required screening includes ID checks, address verification, education verification, checks on licences and memberships, gap referencing, a five-year employment history and an enhanced criminal record check. In addition, for those with Director level responsibilities, a ‘fit and proper person’/good character assessment must be made. We recommend our digital footprint check to help with this, providing evidence of online activity that may help establish an individual’s character.
It’s important to know that those you’re hiring are of good character, have the necessary qualifications, skills, experience and competence to perform the work required and that they’re able to properly perform the tasks expected of them, as well as providing evidence that you have completed such checks.
If you’d like any further help or advice, get in touch with us today.
See more on the Care Quality Commission website.