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Guide to DBS Checks

Some jobs require strict vetting processes before you can start, and pharmacy is no different. As a pharmacist, not only are you interacting with vulnerable people on a daily basis, you are also trusted with the sale and supply of medication. Therefore, it is vital that pharmacists undergo a DBS check. Most pharmacies and chains will require a DBS check in order to work for them.

What is a DBS Check?

A DBS Check (Disclosure and Barring Service) is a criminal background search and report undertaken on individuals who plan on working with vulnerable groups, or in positions of trust, ie. the majority of healthcare roles.

It is becoming increasingly more common for a DBS check to be an essential document for locum pharmacists. The majority of major chains require them as part of their registration process. As a pharmacist, you are eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check with a check against both the children’s and adult’s barred list.


How long does a DBS Check take?

In general, a DBS check takes approximately 2 weeks to complete. This can be longer if the documents provided are not correct.

What documents do I need for a DBS Check?

You will need 3 ID documents for the DBS check. The most common documents used are a passport, drivers licence, birth certificate, and bank statements, however there are several types you can use. You can find a complete list below.

DBS Documents List

DBS Update Service

The DBS Update Service ensures that your certificate is valid and up-to-date, and allows your employers to check your certificate. The service costs £13 per year and you can pay by debit or credit card.

You can join and find out more information about the update service here


If you have any further questions about DBS Checks, feel free to get in touch with our team!

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Posted on 22 August 2022 by Hannah Phipps
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