Ursell welcomes CRB checks for NHS staff

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

From early next year, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks will apply to NHS staff as well as to independent providers of health care.for NHS. The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has welcomed the move, but says it is concerned that nothing has yet been said by the Government about the need for the NHS to comply with the new POVA (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) regulations which, from July 2004, have required nursing homes, residential care homes and domiciliary care agencies to carry out additional checks on new staff. RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said it was absolutely right that NHS staff should be checked out in exactly the same way as nursing home staff have had to be checked out for the past two years, but he was puzzled that the NHS didn¹t have to start doing the checks at the same time as nursing homes or the independent sector generally. “We in the independent sector acknowledge and support the need to ensure that our staff are fit to work with vulnerable adults,” Mr Ursell

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