Criminal Records and Other Checks

Fitness to practise and the selection process

Fitness to practise is a requirement of all professions registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (please see the HCPC website if you need more information about fitness to practise). During training, monitoring of fitness to practise is the responsibility of course centres.

Concerns about fitness to practise could also be raised during the selection process, including the manner and tone of written and verbal communications with the course centre at any stage of the selection process, as well as behaviour both during and between interviews for those candidates called for interview.

During selection course centres may take note of issues that could significantly impair trainees' capacity to practise in an open and reflective manner, eg whether an individual is open to feedback about any relevant concerns, shows appropriate self-awareness in relation to difficulties that impact on their capacity to work, and is willing to work collaboratively with relevant staff to address (and hopefully to overcome) any issues. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about fitness to practise.

Checks required when a place is offered

All the courses involve working with children and vulnerable adults, so trainees must pass the following checks before they can start a course. In previous years these checks have been made by the course centre or the relevant NHS organisation.

Criminal records

Criminal record checks are usually made through the Disclosure and Barring Service (for England and Wales) or Disclosure Scotland. The checks will disclose information such as: unspent and spent convictions; police information such as cautions, reprimands or warnings; etc. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about criminal record checks.

Health assessment

The purpose of the health assessment is to check whether trainees have a health condition or disability that requires adjustments in the workplace to enable them to undertake training, or that requires restrictions to their role. The health assessment may include a health declaration (completed by the trainee) and an assessment by a suitably trained recruiting manager or an occupational health practitioner. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about health assessments.

Other checks

Course centres may require other checks to be completed before training can start, such as the following. Trainees may need to provide evidence of their identity or status by, for example, providing their passport, photocard driving licence etc. Trainees may need to verify their qualifications by, for example, providing original certificates and other relevant documents. The trainee's employment and training history may be checked. This may involve collecting additional references from current and previous employers eg to verify dates of employment etc. Please see the Courses section for any further details provided by individual course centres about other checks.