Employment history and reference checks

Employment history

This standard outlines the mandatory requirements for seeking references to verify an individual’s employment and training history. 

The standard includes a range of useful templates which outline the minimum information which should be obtained when seeking references in appendices one to four.

Download the employment history and reference check standard.

Please note that NHS Employers cannot provide references for NHS staff. To obtain a reference for an individual who has worked in an NHS organisation, please get in touch with the organisation directly.

In regard to seeking character/personal references, employers may find it useful to refer to the recognised list of 'persons of some standing in the community'. 

Read our briefing document on the key 2015/16 updates made to the NHS Employment Check Standards.

Find out more about the NHS Employment Check Standards and compliance with them, including the fit & proper persons’ requirements for director level positions. 

We have also provided guidance on avoiding discrimination in the employment checking process. 

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