Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks


PSNC regularly receives queries from LPCs and contractors about requests from commissioners for the undertaking of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on pharmacy staff providing NHS services.

Essential services – there is no NHS regulatory requirement for pharmacy contractors to have undertaken DBS checks on pharmacy staff providing Essential services.

Advanced services – there is no NHS regulatory requirement (either in the terms of service or Secretary of State Directions) for pharmacy contractors to have undertaken DBS checks on pharmacy staff providing Advanced services (MURs, Appliance Use Reviews, Stoma Appliance Customisation). However where a pharmacy contractor requests permission from NHS England to undertake MURs off the pharmacy premises, e.g. at the patient’s home, NHS England requires that the pharmacist undergoes an enhanced DBS check before giving consent.

Locally Commissioned Services and Enhanced Services – commissioners have the right to impose conditions for the provision of locally commissioned services. If the commissioner requires enhanced DBS checks as a pre-condition of providing a locally commissioned service, then the costs of the checks would usually be recovered either directly from the commissioner, or more likely from the income for providing the service.

Please click here to visit PSNC for more info on the following:

  • The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • FAQs

For further information, you may wish to visit DBS website here.