Identity checks

Identity check

This standard outlines the requirements to verify the identity of all prospective employees in the NHS. 

Checking the identity of individuals is the most fundamental of all the pre-employment checks as it forms the basis of all other checks. 

This standard should be read alongside the right to work checks standard which outlines the checks required to verify an individual's legal right to work in the UK. The identity checks standard includes:

    • examples of acceptable forms of documentary evidence in appendix 1
    • guidance on checking documents for authenticity in appendix 2 
Download the identity checks standard

We have also provided a recognised list of 'persons of some standing in the community' who can be asked to counter-sign passport-sized photographs where individuals are genuinely unable to provide other forms of photographic personal ID.

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

Find out more about the standards, who they apply to and how to meet compliance, including the fit & proper persons’ requirements for director level positions can be found on the NHS Employment Check section of our website.

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

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