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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 October 2010
Date of Publication: 21 December 2010
Inspection Report published 21 December 2010 PDF

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

Our judgement

Checks were made on staff before they started work at the hospital including Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and obtaining references. The management also regularly checked the professional registration status of staff thus ensuring that care and treatment was provided by suitably qualified staff.

User experience

No comments on this outcome were received.

Other evidence

Several staff we spoke to told us that a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check was carried out and that they had supplied the details of two referees prior to starting work in the hospital. One qualified nurse told us that her current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council was also checked before she could commence work.

Four staff personnel records were examined and these contained employment contracts, evidence of completion of an induction programme, two references and evidence of an identity check having taken place. There was, however, no evidence of a CRB check having been carried out. We were told by a senior manager that all CRB checks are done on staff prior to their starting work and some staff had recently had CRB checks repeated as they had been out of date. She said that CRB check documents were all kept in a central file in the Human Resources Department. We were unable to see this file on the day of our visit.

Following our visit to the hospital we were sent evidence that CRB checks had been carried out on all staff. This included the dates on which the CRB disclosure was obtained, the expiry date and reference number. The provider also gave us a spreadsheet showing the current professional registration details of all qualified nursing staff including the date of expiry and personal identification number.