When recruiting, it is essential to verify the applicant’s CV including employers, dates of employment, reasons for leaving jobs and gaps in employment to ascertain the candidate’s suitability and probity for a particular position. Part of this verification process involves obtaining sufficient suitable employment references covering a minimum period of time. This becomes mandatory when you are recruiting staff for the NHS (irrespective of whether they are are working in medical / clinical disciplines or not) and the NHS Employers Standards are very clear about what has to be included in terms of verifying employment history and referencing.
This employment history and referencing check procedure covers the actions that the recruitment agency must take including:
- Verifying the candidate’s employment history.
- The number and duration of employment references that must be obtained.
- When academic and character references may be used.
- The procedure for referencing candidates who are self employed.
- The format / template that recruitment agencies should use for obtaining references.
- NHS end of assignment reports.
- The process for translating references that are not in English.
- Compliance and audit procedures.
Length of document: 4 pages
Last reviewed / updated: 26.10.16
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