DBS Checks for Dentists and Dental Practices

We at DDC aim to support the dental industry in ensuring DBS compliance and facilitating their pre-employment screening needs. DBS Checks provide key information to help you make safe, informed and compliant recruitment decisions that protect your patients and your business. DDC process Online DBS Checks for dentists, dental nurses, dental receptionists for NHS and private dental practices across the UK.

Who needs a check?

From 1st April 2011, all primary care services directly providing dentistry (privately or within the NHS) need to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). As part of the registration process, the CQC will undertake a DBS check on the Provider (the legal entity that provides the service) and the nominated Manager (the individual who manages the day-to-day operations of the Provider).

All other people requiring DBS checks must be checked by the Provider. Each organisation should run a risk assessment on the roles within the Practice to decide who should have a check and at what level that should be. This includes contracted staff, temporary staff, bank staff, practitioners working under practising priveleges, volunteers, students and learners. Common roles within the Dental Industry that may require a check include:

  • Dentist
  • Dental Nurse
  • Practice Manager/Co-ordinator
  • Hygienist
  • Implantologist
  • Orthodentist
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Dental Receptionist

For help with this Risk Assessment process and how to introduce Disclosures please click here. If you would like further assistance with this or have any questions, why not call one of the DDC Team on 0845 644 3298.

DBS checks for Dentists – Register for free today 

If you are looking to open an account to process online DBS, Disclosure Scotland or Access Northern Ireland checks for your staff – Register Here. We can offer a paper or online application process to suit your needs.

Meeting the CQC inspection criteria.

The CQC will ensure compliance with Regulation 21 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2012. As part of this process they can request evidence that a suitable DBS Disclosure was obtained when an employee was appointed to a role, and prior to being allowed to work unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable adults. For any employees contracted prior to introduction of these regulations the responsibility falls on the employer to ensure they are fit to work in that role.

Our systems are designed to easily allow account holders to provide this evidence to an inspector, either by printing a ‘Preview Disclosure Notice’ from the Client Area which can be stored in personel files, or by using the ‘Manage Applications’ section of the Client Area. These documents and screens also comply with Data Protection principles to ensure staff members’ personal information is kept safe and secure.

DDC Services:

As an Umbrella Body for the Disclosure and Barring Service, Access Northern Ireland and Disclosure Scotland we can process applications for Dentists and Dental Pracitces across the UK. Our online DBS application system makes the process easy for applicants to enter their form information and select the documents they intend to present in support of their application. The checking of these documents can then be administered by a single person such as a Practice Manager or delegated to other team members such as a Practice Administrator or Dental Receptionist.

Ask the experts

If you have any questions or require a bulk of checks to completed. Contact the team today on 0116 260 3055 or newenquiries@ddc.uk.net.