For non-health professionals, qualifications that are requirements for a position must be checked. Applicants may not have the original documentation and employers need to use discretion and take proportionate action. If a qualification is essential for the position, employers must request certificates and take copies; check details match the application; and confirm with awarding body.


Employers should check a minimum of three years. This should include references from the two most recent employers. Where applicant has had more than two employers in last three years, further references are required.

Executive and senior posts

Pay special attention to confirming references. It is up to the employer to determine the most appropriate referees and level of checks. This may include using an external agency to investigate history and reasons for leaving previous posts.

Source: NHS Employers