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Guide to PVG Checks

If you’re living and working as a pharmacist in Scotland, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check. This can be done via the PVG scheme. (This is similar to a DBS Check in England and Wales).

The PVG (Protecting Vulnerable People) scheme is managed by Disclosure Scotland, to ensure that only those who are suitable to do regulated work with children and protected adults can do so.

How does it work?

As a pharmacist, before you begin working, you will need to join the PVG scheme and undergo a criminal background check. Disclosure Scotland will carry out this check and share the results with you and your employer, who will then decide whether or not you are the right fit for the position.

After joining the scheme, Disclosure Scotland will continue to carry out background checks on you. If any new information is found that suggests you are no longer suitable to work with children or protected adults, you will be removed from the PVG scheme and placed on a barred list.

Keeping your membership up to date

It is important to update Disclosure Scotland on any changes to your personal details, such as name or address, so that they can contact you quickly and easily if needed. If you take on a position in a new pharmacy, you may be asked to complete an existing PVG scheme member application to provide your new employer with an up to date certificate. This will also be added to your PVG membership account.

How long does your PVG membership last?

Your certificate will only show information that was available on the day it was created, however your membership will last for life. Members are continuously checked, unless they decide to leave the scheme.

Already have your PVG?

If your PVG was not applied by Clarity, you will need to do a PVG Scheme Record Update to our compliance. If your PVG already covers children and adults we can apply for a PVG Scheme Record Update for you. It costs 18 pounds. If your PVG does not cover children and adults we can apply for a PVG Existing Scheme record to add children and adults. It costs 59 pounds.
To start the application process you need to send three forms of identity documents to our compliance team:

  • Passport
  • Drivers License or Birth certificate
  • Proof of address (utility bill or bank statement dated within less than 3 months)



Require a PVG Check or have any further questions? Get in touch!

Clarity Locums can now offer PVG Checks for locums in Scotland. Get in touch with Adrian today for more information:

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Posted on 23 September 2022 by Hannah Phipps
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