For carers and nurses who work within agencies the importance of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check being carried over using the update service cannot be overstated.
DBS backlogs are now a nationwide issue with some now reaching a delay of 130 days. This can cause you to miss out on a job opportunity and therefore cost you money.
Although the average DBS check is not automatically transferrable the DBS update service allows you to keep your certificate(s) up-to-date online and allows new agencies or employers to quickly and easily carry out a status check. This means you will not need to apply for multiple certificates when you move from one job to another in the same workforce or when a recheck is required.
The service costs £13 for an annual registration fee but will ultimately save you time and money in the long run and give you more flexibility in the roles you are offered and can accept. However you need to be aware that you only have 19 days after the date your DBS certificate is issued to register it online for the update service so you need to be quick!
When you break it down the benefits of the DBS update service are:
Offers flexibility - No need to reapply every time you transfer within the same workforce or when moving to a different place of work. Instead you can demonstrate that your record is clean on an ongoing basis. This allows you more flexibility in the roles you can take – especially one’s that need someone to start quickly.
Saves money – No need to pay for multiple certificates when working with different people.
Saves time - You may never need to fill in a DBS check form again!
We recommend that all staff who work with us sign up for the DBS update service as we know how beneficial it can be.
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