Professional registration and qualification checks

Professional regulation

This document sets out the requirements to verify the professional registration of healthcare professionals and the qualification checks that need to be carried out for all prospective NHS employees.

Download the professional registration and qualification check standard.

This standard is one of the six documents forming the NHS Employment Check Standards.

Read our briefing document which outlines the key updates made to the NHS Employment Check Standards (revised in April 2016). 

Find out more about the standards, who they apply to, and meeting compliance on the NHS Employment Check section of our website. This page also provides further information about the fit & proper persons’ requirements for director level positions. 

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

Other useful information

Language checks: 

In addition to checking the professional registration and qualifications of potential employees, employers must ensure that all individuals in patient-facing roles have the required level of linguistic skills to enable them to undertake their role effectively and safely. For more information about these requirements, please see the good practice guidelines on our language competency webpage.

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