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.
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.
In general, a DBS check takes approximately 2 weeks to complete. This can be longer if the documents provided are not correct.
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 here: https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-check-documents
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: www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.
Note: You must register for the Update Service within 30 days of the Enhanced DBS certificate being issued.
If you have any further questions about DBS Checks, feel free to get in touch with our team!